The former Celtic youth signed for the Ton in January 2010 and went on to make 127 appearances and score 17 goals over the course of an impressive three-and-a-half season spell.

In his final season with the Cappielow club, Tidser was a key figure in their title challenge as he managed 13 goals and 17 assists from the middle of the park.

The left-footed playmaker was nominated for the 2012-13 First Division Player of the Year and earned a £50,000 move to then-English League One outfit Rotherham United.

But after a frustrating time with the South Yorkshire side, in which he made just 19 appearances as well as spending time out on loan at Ross County and Oldham, he was released from his contract on Friday.

Ton boss Jim Duffy has already underlined his intent by completing a dramatic swoop to bring Tidser’s former team-mate Peter MacDonald back to Cappielow on an 18-month contract.

And capturing the much-coveted 24-year-old, who turns 25 on Thursday, would represent another major signing coup for the club. The Tele has learned that the Ton have sounded him out about a return and that it was not immediately dismissed out of hand.

However, interest is understood to be high, with a number of Scottish Premiership and Championship clubs monitoring Tidser’s situation, while English League One outfit Yeovil Town are also believed to be interested in securing his services.

It would likely take a significant contract offer to bring the midfielder back to Greenock in the face of such stiff competition for his signature.