Former Celtic striker Derek Riordan had a frustrating time at the club.

Signed by Gordon Strachan in 2006, Riordan only made 20 appearances for the Hoops before returning to Hibernian, where he made his name. After leaving Celtic two years later, he took in spells in Beijing, Bristol, York, Alloa and Brechin respectively (Transfermarkt).

Thrice capped by Scotland, Riordan can’t be blamed for reflecting regretfully on his time at Celtic Park. Gordon Strachan’s side boasted the attacking talents of Maciej Zurawski, Jan Venegoor of Hesselink, Kenny Miller, Craig Beattie and Cillian Sheridan ahead of him.

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With Only an Excuse winding down at the end of 2020, classic sketches have resurfaced from years gone by. Specifically, this one, starring Gordon Strachan and Derek Riordan, made the rounds on social media.

The former Hibs and Celtic striker had his say on the famous sketch, and he suggests that it wasn’t too far off the mark.

Today, Riordan told David Tanner on the Edinburgh Football Show:

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“It was funny as anything. At least Only an Excuse knew what was happening. It was alright for me, didn’t bother me in a way. Because there was more chance of an auld Granny or an alkie getting on before me anyway.


“So it was quite funny at the time, I remember that.”

Former Celtic man Derek Riordan

Former Celtic striker Derek Riordan / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Derek Riordan isn’t alone; other Celtic players got the OAE treatment, too

Of course, Celtic players and managers have been the subject of Jonathan Watson’s satirical gaze before. Perhaps most famously, his Frank McAvennie impression (BBC) perhaps made the ex-Celt relevant well after his playing career was over.

Similarly, Brendan Rodgers, Gordon Strachan and Kenny Dalglish all got the Only an Excuse treatment. With Celtic legends being lampooned over countless years, Derek Riordan finds himself in good company.

Obviously, it’s sad that Riordan couldn’t have made more of an impression at Celtic. He looked for all the world that he had the finishing ability, but Strachan’s stockpiling of strikers meant there was little chance in the first-team.

At the very least, it’s clear the former striker has a sense of humour about his time at the club.

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