Hibs striker Derek Riordan called up to Scotland squad

It has been announced today that Hibs forward Derek Riordan has finally been called up by Scotland boss George Burley.

Scotland will travel to the Far East to face Japan in a friendly on October 10th.

Riordan has been in the international wilderness since making his debut in 2005 against Austria, as a half time sub, in a 2-2 draw.

The 26-year-old hit man lost his way when he signed for Celtic from the Hibees in 2006, and fell out with manager Gordon Strachan.

He re-signed for the Hibees last summer, and has been in good form since returning, scoring 13 goals last season and finishing top goalscorer at the club yet again, and he has already hit 6 goals this term.

Riordan’s goal against Motherwell at the weekend was his 70th in a green and white shirt.

The full squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Sunderland), Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen), David Marshall (Cardiff City)

Defenders: Darren Barr (Falkirk), Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Gary Caldwell (Celtic), Daniel Fox (Celtic), Alan Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur), Stephen McManus (Celtic), Steven Whittaker (Rangers)

Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Blackpool), Scott Brown (Celtic), Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Shaun Maloney (Celtic), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United), Kevin Thomson (Rangers), Ross Wallace (Preston North End)

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Burnley), Steven Naismith (Rangers), Garry O'Connor (Birmingham City), Derek Riordan (Hibernian)

The squad, once again, forces home just how good the Hibernian youth and scouting system is, with an incredible 6 ex Hibs players in the squad.

As well as Riordan, there is Steven Whittaker, Kevin Thomson, Scott Brown, Garry O’Connor & Steven Fletcher, who have all come through the Hibees youth system in recent years.

There is also Gary Caldwell who was handed a chance at first team football at Easter Road after being released by Newcastle United without making an appearance.

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