|Full name||Derek George Riordan|
|Date of birth||16 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2003||→ Cowdenbeath (loan)||2||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:32, 9 December 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Riordan started his career with Hibernian in 2001 and had a brief spell on loan with Cowdenbeath in 2003. He became one of the top young players in the Scottish Premier League, winning the young player of the year awards in 2005. Riordan signed for Celtic in 2006, but failed to hold down a regular first-team place and returned to Hibernian in 2008.
Riordan left Hibs as a free agent in 2011 and signed for Chinese Super League club Shaanxi Chan-Ba, but their two-year contract was mutually terminated after just four months. He then signed for St. Johnstone on a short term contract in March 2012. Riordan then signed for Bristol Rovers, but he was released after a three-month deal.
Born in Edinburgh, Riordan signed for Hibernian on 14 May 1999 and made his debut for Hibs the in 2001 in an Edinburgh derby. 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 given an extended opportunity in the Hibs first team towards the end of the 2002–03 season, as Hibs had finished in the bottom half of the Scottish Premier League. He became a first team regular the following season. Riordan was the club's top goalscorer for each of the next three seasons, with 18, 23 and 20 goals respectively. This 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 later that year.
At the end of the 2004–05 season, Riordan rejected an offer of an extension to his contract, and Hibs made him available for transfer. A £500,000 fee was agreed with Cardiff City in August 2005, but Riordan rejected the move. During the January 2006 transfer window, Rangers made a £400,000 bid for Riordan that was rejected by Hibs. 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 Hearts player Rudi Skacel was a "fuckin' refugee", to the tune of The Beatles's "Yellow Submarine". 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 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; he made only 24 league appearances in two seasons with the club.
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. Burnley made a £400,000 offer for Riordan in January 2008, but this was rejected by Celtic. 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. Hibernian made another loan offer to Celtic for Riordan 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 for an "undisclosed" fee believed to be around £400,000. Hibs initially gave Riordan the unusual squad number 01, as number 10 had already been allocated to Colin Nish. 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. 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. 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. Riordan had been omitted from Craig Levein's first Scotland squad, but Hibs manager John Hughes commented that Riordan had "worked very hard" in trying to win an international recall. His consistent goalscoring in the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons came about despite often playing in a wide midfield role.
Hughes again praised Riordan during the 2010 pre-season. Soon afterwards, Riordan declared that he wanted to agree a new contract with the club. He was however also linked with a £500k move to Azerbaijan Premier League side Gabala, who at the time where managed by Tony Adams. After the sale of Anthony Stokes to Celtic, Hughes started using Riordan as a central striker. Despite scoring three goals in the early part of the season, Riordan was omitted from the Scotland squad in October 2010.
After Hughes was replaced by Colin Calderwood as Hibs manager in October 2010, the new manager gave Riordan the team captaincy. In his second game as captain, the first Edinburgh derby of the season, Riordan was sent off for a reckless lunge on Rudi Skacel in the dying minutes of a 2–0 loss. Riordan bounced back by scoring both goals in a 2–1 win against Motherwell the following weekend. He registered his 100th goal for Hibs in all competitions during a 2–1 defeat at Kilmarnock in December. Riordan was the first player to achieve this milestone since Arthur Duncan thirty years ago. A goal against Hamilton in March 2011 meant that Riordan became the third highest goalscorer in the Scottish Premier League era, behind only the prolific Old Firm goalscorers Kris Boyd and Henrik Larsson.
In April 2011, the Daily Express reported that Riordan would leave Hibernian when his contract expired at the end of the 2010–11 season. The newspaper claimed that Riordan had turned down an offer of a new deal on reduced terms.
Riordan signed a two-year contract with Chinese Super League club Shaanxi Chan-Ba in July 2011. On 10 July 2011, Riodran made his debut in a Shaanxi Chan-Ba shirt as a substitute coming on for Fabio Firmani in the 76th minute as Shaanxi Chan-Ba lost 1–0 to Liaoning Whowin and made his start in a 1–1 draw against Shenzhen Ruby on 14 July. His first goal came when he scored against Chengdu Blades in a 3–1 win on 21 August. He became a favourite player of the fans, but the team performed poorly in the 2011 season. The team manager, Gao Hongbo, criticised Riordan after a defeat by Dalian Shide. Riordan decided to leave the club and his contract was terminated by mutual consent in November 2011.
Sky Sports reported that clubs in Italy and Turkey were interested in signing Riordan in January. Riordan trained with Kilmarnock and Blackpool in January, and St. Johnstone in March. On 30 March, Riordan signed for St. Johnstone until the end of the 2011–12 season. On 21 April 2012, Riordan made his first start in a 2–0 defeat against Dundee United and played 90 minutes in a 5–1 loss against Motherwell on 28 April 2012. The Courier newspaper reported on 15 May that his contract with St. Johnstone would not be extended.
Riordan agreed in July 2012 to go on trial with an unnamed club in the Spanish Premier Division. Later in July, Riordan trained with Football League One club Milton Keynes Dons. In August, Ross County made contact with his agent.
On 27 September 2012, Riordan signed for Bristol Rovers on a three-month deal. He made his debut on 29 September, in a 2–1 victory against local rivals Exeter City. He made his home debut on 3 October in a 1–0 defeat to Cheltenham Town. Riordan was released at the end of his contract, having made 12 appearances without scoring a goal.
- As of 14:42, 24 December 2012 (UTC)
- SFWA Young Player of the Year (1): 2004–05
- SPFA Young Player of the Year (1): 2004–05
- SPL Player of the Month (1): September 2009
- SPL Young Player of the Month (6): April 2004, September 2004, November 2004, December 2004, January 2005, May 2005
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- www.ihibs.co.uk profile
- London Hearts profile
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- Derek Riordan at National-Football-Teams.com