The Tears of a Clown

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Hibs: The Prodigal Returns!

Hibernian yesterday completed the signing of former striker, Derek Riordan from Celtic after a torrent of rumour regarding a possible deal. Fans’ nerves were stretched to breaking point waiting for the Messiah-like return of the former golden boy of Easter Road until an announcement during the evening. Although the talk of a return seemed well-substantiated, it was far from a formality with Hibs having to comply with Celtic’s wishes regarding a sizable sell-on fee.

Hibs’ pre and early season form has been poor and erratic and Derek’s return will give a great boost a to a beleaguered club board and concerned and angry supporters alike. It’s just the fillip required at Easter Road and one can almost feel the tides of goodwill and optimism flowing from club’s faithful fans today.

Derek Riordan (right) celebrates another goal! (Click on image to view a sample of Derek's goals)

The rarest commodities in football are surely true goalscorers- those that have the happy knack of being in the right place when it matters and able to despatch the ball into the back of the net in a variety of methods. Derek Riordan is just such a player. Not for him the most robust aspects of the game as a very slimly built forward player it must be stated. His tackling won’t trouble too many apart from nuisance value but his talents are far more valuable in and around the opposition penalty area where he excels like few others. A study of Riordan’s goals is an examination of how to score in a myriad of ways. Twenty-five yarders, tap-ins, mazy dribble and finishes, all taken with a cool clinical precision. Hibs are very fortunate indeed to have the player, who is also a life-long fan of the club back in the fold. It is perhaps a regret to the player and at the same time incredible, that the Glasgow club seemed unable or unwilling to unleash his considerable talents too often. That is for them to reflect upon. In the meantime the whole of Leith (and those of us further adrift) with a love of the old club will be celebrating and have a new spring  in our step today.

DEREK RIORDAN IS BACK!

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September 2, 2008 - Posted by | Hibernian FC | , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Stuart sorry off topic but I have awarded you. 🙂

    Comment by mum6kids | September 4, 2008

  2. Thanks very much, Shell! It’s not often (ever) I’ve been awarded for being a Hibs fan but some might say the tag should carry an award in itself!

    Comment by Stuart | September 5, 2008

  3. Brilliant player.

    As a Celtic fan, I’m gutted that Strachan never gave him a proper chance.

    Comment by Darren | September 25, 2008

  4. Hi,
    I came across this concisely informed article via a circuitous route.

    I was seeking more information on ‘Psychology of women’ from Dr Google (a silent member of Vienna School)-and found your piece on the subject, which brought much needed levity to my soul, on this Easter Monday 2012.

    Suffice to say, my ‘view’ of Edinburgh, and indeed Scotland, has been opened widely.

    Now, I revert to my original search (women+their thinking), and expect an even greater vista

    Maurice Aherne.

    Ireland.

    Comment by Maurice | April 9, 2012

  5. Original reply was for the basic primer on Hibernian FC.

    Comment by Maurice | April 9, 2012

  6. click on Maurice for link

    Comment by Maurice | April 9, 2012


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