Any chance of a return home for former Hibs and Dundee United midfielder Ryan Gauld is off the table now. He has signed for Portuguese second tier side Farense.

The talented midfielder has signed a two-year deal with Farense. According to the BBC, they have inserted a €4m (£3.6m) release clause into his contract.

Ex-Hibs and Dundee United man Gauld is staying in Portugal. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Gauld only made five first-team appearances at Sporting,  with loan spells at Vitoria Setubal and Desportivo das Aves occurring before last season’s injury-hit Hibs spell.

He’s been allowed to leave the Lisbon club with a year to run on his original deal.

Gauld has so much potential, hopefully he fulfills it

It seems like an eternity ago now from when a young Gauld burst onto the scene at Dundee United.

A special talent who started out at Tannadice. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He showed during his Tangerines stint how special he really was. The attacking midfielder possesses unmatched dribbling qualities and passing range when he is fully firing.

For now though we won’t see him making an SPFL return. Last season when he linked up with Hibs, big things were expected of him. Injury prevented him from making any real impact, making just five starts with the Easter Road club.

When he did play though he showed in flashes that the Gauld from United was there. At the age of 23 there is still plenty of time for him to pick up the pieces from his failed Sporting move.

Time to step up. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Gauld really needs his Farense move to work out. Failure will result in him going down as a failed Scottish talent who made the jump to a big team too soon.

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