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Derek Riordan
Personal information
Full name Derek George Riordan
Date of birth 16 January 1983 (1983-01-16) (age 27)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Hibernian
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Hibernian 123 (54)
2003 Cowdenbeath (loan) 2 (3)
2006–2008 Celtic 24 (5)
2008– Hibernian 59 (21)
National team
2005– Scotland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:10, 6 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:10, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Derek George Riordan (born 16 January 1983) is a Scottish professional association football player who plays for Scottish Premier League club Hibernian. 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 Celtic in 2006, but he failed to hold down a regular place in their first team. Riordan returned to Hibernian in 2008.[1]


Club career



Riordan signed for Hibernian 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. Riordan scored four goals in three games for Cowdenbeath, 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.[2] A £500,000 fee was agreed with Cardiff City in August 2005, but Riordan rejected the move.[3] During the January 2006 transfer window, Rangers made a £400,000 bid for Riordan that was turned down.[4] Bids from Lokomotiv Moscow and Kaiserslautern were accepted by Hibs, but Riordan rejected these moves because he did not want to move overseas.[4]

Riordan caused controversy in 2005 when he appeared in a video that showed him singing that Heart of Midlothian's Rudi Skacel was a "refugee", but Riordan later apologised for his actions.[5]


Riordan signed for Celtic in a £170,000 deal in June 2006.[6] 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.[4] Riordan made his full debut for Celtic in a Scottish League Cup tie against St. Mirren, as Gordon Strachan fielded a side containing many players who were not first team regulars. He had difficulty obtaining a regular place in the Celtic side, as he made only 24 league appearances in two seasons with the club.[7]

Riordan publicly aired his disappointment at not being given more opportunities in the Celtic first team in April 2008,[8] and he subsequently trained with the reserve team.[6] Burnley made a £400,000 offer for Riordan in January 2008, but this was rejected by Celtic.[6] Five other clubs, including his former club Hibernian, made loan offers for Riordan, but Celtic rejected these and informed Riordan that he would have to leave on a "permanent" deal.[9] Hibernian made another loan offer to Celtic for Riordan in August 2008, but this was also rejected by Celtic.[6]

Return to Hibernian

Riordan returned to Hibernian on the final day of the 2008 summer transfer window for an "undisclosed" fee.[1] Hearts had also been keen to sign Riordan, but they pulled out when they realised that their interest in the striker was 'not reciprocal'.[citation needed] Hibs initially gave Riordan the unusual squad number 01, as number 10 had already been allocated to Colin Nish.[1] Riordan was given the number 10 shirt for the 2009–10 season; he was able to do this as Nish had taken number 9 after Steven Fletcher left the club to join Burnley in the summer of 2009. 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.[10] 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.[11] Riordan scored his 100th goal in senior football later that season; he brought up the milestone with a "trademark" free kick against Kilmarnock that gave Hibs a 1–0 win.[12] Riordan had been omitted from Craig Levein's first Scotland squad, but Hibs manager John Hughes commented that Riordan had the "ambition" to earn a recall and that he had "worked very hard".[13]


As of 07:23, 14 March 2010 (UTC).[7]
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 27 9 3 3 2[14] 1[14] 0 0 31 12
Total 208 83 19 9 17 8 2 1 246 101



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 Edinburgh-based Unight scheme.[15] This ban was increased to five years in November 2008 after he allegedly punched someone in a nightclub.[16] 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.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Hibernian return delights Riordan". BBC Sport. 2 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Mowbray in Riordan contract plea, BBC Sport, 4 July 2005.
  3. ^ Riordan turns down Cardiff move, BBC Sport, 30 August 2005.
  4. ^ a b c "Celtic sign Hibs striker Riordan". BBC Sport. 13 May 2006. 
  5. ^ Hibs ace Riordan apologies for refugee jibe at Jambo rival Skacel, Daily Record, 25 November 2005.
  6. ^ a b c d "Hibs fail in loan bid for Riordan". Scotland on Sunday. 9 August 2008. 
  7. ^ a b Derek Riordan career stats at Soccerbase
  8. ^ Gordon, Moira (5 April 2008). "Derek Riordan opens his heart on his Celtic hell". Scotland on Sunday. 
  9. ^ "Hibs' Riordan approach rejected". BBC Sport. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Hamilton Accies 0–1 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 20 September 2008. 
  11. ^ "Hughes and Riordan scoop awards". BBC Sport. 1 October 2009. 
  12. ^ Hardie, David (8 March 2010). "Hibs 1-0 Kilmarnock: Deek's ton worth the wait". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hughes expects Riordan Scotland call". STV. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Soccerbase missed an appearance and goal made by Riordan against Brechin City on 26 August 2009. BBC match report
  15. ^ Dow, Ian (27 August 2008). "Celtic star Derek Riordan banned from every nightclub in Edinburgh". Daily Record. 
  16. ^ Walker, Douglas (10 November 2008). "Deek the sneak faces life ban from clubbing". The Sun. 
  17. ^ "Riordan is disciplined as Hughes gets tough at Hibs". The Scotsman. 4 August 2009. 

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