Strach makes Riordan plea
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has pleaded with Derek Riordan to remain patient.
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has pleaded with Derek Riordan to remain patient as he searches for first-team action.
Riordan is thought to be considering his future at Celtic just six months after arriving from Hibernian.
The talented forward had hardly had a look-in since joining Celtic with only a handful of appearances this term.
Riordan was given a rare outing as a substitute in Sunday's win over Dunfermline and Strachan has urged the player to wait for his chance.
"Derek has been unfortunate," said Strachan.
"I think he is naturally the best finisher at the club but from a wide left position rather than as a striker.
"But Aiden (McGeady) has been voted player of the month a couple of times and Shaun (Maloney) plays in that position.
"Derek likes that position so it is a wee bit unfortunate.
"And if you look at the wide midfielders, they are scoring a lot of goals.
"It's the central midfielders who are finding it harder to score.
"So between Shaun, Aiden and the team winning, it has been unfortunate for Derek.
"But as I said to him, it was about a year before I settled into Aberdeen."