Riordan after first-team action
Derek Riordan has admitted that his future could lie away from Parkhead.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 27/07/07 4:23pm
Celtic striker Derek Riordan has admitted that his future could lie away from Parkhead but will see how the next month pans out before making a decision.
The former Hibernian ace was a long-term target for Hoops boss Gordon Strachan and signed in June 2006.
Riordan was a prolific scorer during his time at Hibs but made just six starts for Celtic last season, scoring five goals.
The Scot explained how he just wants to play and does not want a repeat of last season.
He said: "My goal this season is obviously to play. That's the main thing, getting to play every week - and finish top goalscorer the same way I do every season.
"I haven't spoken to the boss. I will wait and see how it goes towards the end of the transfer window. I don't want to have the same season as I did last season obviously, so I will see what happens.
"But now there is the Newcastle game, then Parma and then three or four league games in August - so I need to see what happens within that month.
"The Celtic fans were brilliant last season. They noticed that I never got a chance - so I hope to get a decent chance and take it when I do."
Rumours have surfaced that Celtic are chasing yet another striker in Kilmarnock's Steven Naismith and Riordan believes further additions could cause unrest in the squad.
"It's good for the club, but it is more competition. I think the squad is up to 27 players now, so it's a big squad. Obviously there are going to be players who are not happy about it," Riordan added.