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Derek George Riordan (born 16 January 1983) is a Scottishmarker professional association football player who plays for Scottish Premier League club . Riordan started his career with Hibernian, where he established himself as one of the top young players in the Scottish game. He won both young player of the year awards in 2005 and represented the Scotland national football team once. He signed for in 2006, but he failed to hold down a regular place in their first team. Riordan returned to Hibernian in 2008.

Club career


Riordan signed for in 2000 and made his debut for Hibs the following year, but it took a few years for Riordan to establish himself in the first team. In January 2003, Riordan went on loan to Cowdenbeath, along with team mate Paul Hilland. He played a total of 3 games for Cowdenbeath, scoring 4 goals, including a hat-trick in a 7–5 win away to Brechin City.


Riordan was finally given an opportunity in the Hibs first team towards the end of the 2002–03 season, as Hibs finished in the bottom half of the Scottish Premier League. He took this opportunity well, and he was the club's top goalscorer for each of the next three seasons, with 18, 23 and 20 goals respectively. This success earned him recognition in the form of the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2005, and selections for the full Scotland international squad during 2005.

At the end of the 2004–05 season, Riordan rejected an offer of an extension to his contract, and Hibs decided to make him available for transfer. A £500,000 fee was agreed with in August 2005, but Riordan rejected the move. During the January 2006 transfer window, made a £400,000 bid for Riordan that was turned down. Bids from Lokomotiv Moscow and Kaiserslautern were accepted by Hibs, but Riordan rejected these moves because he did not want to move overseas.

Riordan caused controversy in 2005 when he appeared in a video that showed him singing that 's Rudi Skacel was a "refugee", but Riordan later apologised for his actions.


Riordan signed for Celtic in a £170,000 deal in June 2006. The fee was reduced from the previous offers because Riordan's contract with Hibs was due to expire in October 2006, and Riordan had already made a pre-contract agreement to sign for Celtic on a free transfer in January 2007. Riordan had difficulty obtaining a place in the Celtic side. As of 4 October 2006, he had only played three minutes in league matches for Celtic out of a possible 810. He was sometimes not even selected as a substitute. He finally made his full debut for Celtic against in the CIS Cup, as Gordon Strachan fielded a side containing many players who were not first team regulars.

Riordan publicly aired his disappointment at not being given more opportunities in the Celtic first team in April 2008, and he subsequently trained with the reserve team. made a £400,000 offer for Riordan in January 2008 that was rejected by Celtic. Hibernian made an offer to Celtic to take Riordan back on loan in August 2008, but this was also rejected by Celtic.

Return to Hibernian

Riordan returned to Hibernian on the final day of the 2008 summer transfer window. Edinburgh rivals Hearts were also keen to sign Riordan, but they pulled out when they realised that their interest in the striker was 'not reciprocal'. Hibs initially gave Riordan the unusual squad number 01, as number 10 had already been allocated to Colin Nish. Nish took the number 9 after Steven Fletcher left the club to join Burnley in the summer of 2009; consequently Riordan was given the number 10 shirt for the 2009–10 season.

Riordan made his second debut for Hibernian on 13 September 2008, when he came on as a 61st minute substitute for Joe Keenan against Dundee United. In his second appearance, he scored the only goal of the game against Hamilton. Riordan ended the 2008–09 season as Hibs' top goalscorer with 12 goals. A good run of form at the start of the following season led to a recall to the Scotland squad and a player of the month award from the SPL.


Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hibernian 2001–02 6 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Cowdenbeath (loan) 2002–03 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 4
Hibernian 2002–03 10 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 3
2003–04 34 15 1 0 5 3 0 0 40 18
2004–05 37 20 4 1 3 2 0 0 44 23
2005–06 36 16 3 1 2 2 1 1 42 20
Celtic 2006–07 16 4 3 3 2 0 0 0 21 7
2007–08 8 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 11 1
Hibernian 2008–09 32 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 12
2009–10 13 6 0 0 2 1 0 0 15 7
Total 194 80 16 6 17 8 2 1 229 95


Personal life

After an altercation with doorstaff at the Berlin nightclub, Riordan was banned for two years from all pubs and nightclubs that take part in the Edinburghmarker-based Unight scheme. This ban was increased to five years in November 2008 after he allegedly punched a teenage clubber. At the start of the following season, Riordan was disciplined by Hibs after he was arrested and fined by Lothian and Borders Police for a breach of the peace.


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