Riordan eyes central role

Hibs striker keen to Hughes to give him a chance

Riordan: Wants central chance

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Hibernian striker Derek Riordan insists he will score more goals if he is given a central role.

The summer capture of Anthony Stokes has seen Riordan move to a wide left berth, something he is keen to rectify.

Riordan feels he is a bit like Wayne Rooney last season, who was often played out of position to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.

Rooney is now back up top for United and scoring goals for fun for the Premier League champions.

Riordan feels he will have a similar impact if he is given a chance by Hughes to play through the middle.


Asked if he could emulate Rooney's feats, Riordan said: "Definitely.

"I think if you play up front, you're definitely going to get at least two chances a game. You've just got to take those chances.

"Every season I've played, I think I've hit basically 20 goals a season.

"If you get a full run at it, I think every striker should be roughly up at 20 goals a season.

"But I've still scored 12 goals this season so it's okay. It's quite good for left-midfield.

"I always want to score 20 goals a season if I'm playing a very attacking role.

"I've still got another 12-13 games this season, so as long as I'm fresh, I'll get quite a high number of goals."