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Derek Riordan
Full name Derek George Riordan
Nationality Sco Scotland
Caps (goals) 3 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a 11 (0)
Position Forward
Date of birth 16 January 1983
in Edinburgh
Height 5 ft 9 in
27 September 2012 from St Johnstone
27 December 2012
Senior clubs
Shaanxi Chan-Ba
St Johnstone
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 28/12/2012

Derek Riordan signed for Rovers late in September 2012 after agreeing terms on a short-term deal which was to run for three months, taking him up to the end of the year. He had been without a club since leaving St Johnstone at the end of the 2011–12 season and had been unable to find another team to take him on until Mark McGhee offered him the chance to play for Rovers.

Perhaps a contributing factor to other clubs not being willing to take a chance on him was that he had ongoing legal problems, with a trial for assault at an Edinburgh night club pending.

Club career[]

The majority of Derek's career prior to joining Rovers had been spent at his home town club, Hibernian.

His career began with Hibs in 2001, but after making 123 league appearances in five years, during which he scored 54 goals (punctuated by a brief loan stay at Cowdenbeath), he opted to move to Celtic. He made less of an impact with the Glasgow giants however, playing in just 24 league games and scoring five goals in two years.

He returned to Hibernian on transfer deadline day at the end of August 2008 for an undisclosed fee. Very unusually for an outfield player, he was given squad number 1 by the Hibs management for the 2008–09 season, although it was displayed on his shirt as 01, i.e. a backward 10. He played a further 102 league games for them during his second stint, bringing his league total up to 90 goals in 225 appearances over all.

In 2011 he opted to make the move to the Chinese league, joining Shaanxi Chan-Ba that summer. Despite signing a two-year contract, he returned home after just four months after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent. After a three-month spell without a club, he signed for St Johnstone in March 2012 until the end of the 2011–12 season.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2001–02 Hibernian 6 0
2002–03 Hibernian 10 3
2002–03 Cowdenbeath (loan) 2 3
2003–04 Hibernian 34 15
2004–05 Hibernian 37 20
2005–06 Hibernian 36 16
2006–07 Celtic 16 4
2007–08 Celtic 8 1
2008–09 Celtic 0 0
2008–09 Hibernian 32 12
2009–10 Hibernian 37 13
2010–11 Hibernian 33 11
2011 Shaanxi Chan-Ba 9 1
2011–12 St Johnstone 4 0
2012–13 Bristol Rovers 11 0

Record against Rovers[]

Derek has never played in a competitive first team match against Bristol Rovers.

International career[]

Derek made his Scotland debut in 2005, when he came on as a half time substitute in a friendly match against Austria in Graz. He had to wait more than four years before winning his second cap, playing in the final 16 minutes of a friendly in Japan in October 2009, before rounding off his international career the following month when he was brought on as a 78th-minute sub against Wales.

Prior to this he had played four times for Scotland's under-21 side, facing Italy and Slovenia in European Championship qualifiers and Spain and Romania in friendlies.

International appearances[]

N.B. Scotland's score is always given first. (Source: Scottish Football Association)
Date Opposition Result Venue Competition
17 August 2005 Aut Austria 2–2 Arnold Schwarzenegger-Stadium, Graz Friendly
10 October 2009 Jpn Japan 0–2 Nissan Stadium, Yokohama Friendly
14 November 2009 Wal Wales 0–3 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff Friendly