Riordan keen for Scotland stay
Derek Riordan is determined to force his way into George Burley's plans after his recent Scotland call-up.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 06/10/09 10:27pm
Derek Riordan is determined to force his way into George Burley's plans on a regular basis after his recent Scotland call-up.
The Hibernian striker has returned from the international wilderness to make the cut for the friendly against Japan after a string of top performances which earned him September's Scottish Premier League Player of the Month award.
Riordan has one appearance for the national team to his name - a 2-2 friendly in Austria back in 2005 - and the former Celtic forward believes there is still plenty of time to forge an international career.
"I'm still only 26 and have a good few years left in me," he said.
"So I just have to keep doing well in club football. Obviously you want to stay in your national squad, you want to be at the top level."
His recent successes are a far cry from the dark days spent kicking his heels on the bench or in the stand at Celtic.
The forward had been regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Scottish football before his move to Parkhead went sour.
But, now back at Easter Road and flourishing in his second spell at the Edinburgh club, he wants to prove he still has the ability of his early potential.
Asked whether he ever reflects on what might have been had his time at Celtic turned out better, Riordan added: "That's football, it either goes for you or it doesn't.
"I'm happy at Hibs just now and to be playing football again.
"I want to play football, that's what every footballer wants to do, they want to go out and show what they can do.
"I want to show people what I can do on the pitch.
"I didn't play much football at Celtic in the couple of years I was there. I am back playing football again and it's going well."
Riordan now hopes to be involved in the clash in Yokohama but admits he has no idea yet whether he will have a part to play in George Burley's plans.
"I couldn't tell you," he said."That's down to the manager. I'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully.
"I'm just delighted to be here, I'm delighted to be called up and, if I get the chance out here, I have to take it.
"The travel doesn't put me off. I'm delighted to be here. They will be a good side and I'm looking forward to it."