Riordan’s amateur debut came after darts loss

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FORMER Hibs star Derek Riordan agreed to play for his local amateur team after losing a bet over a game of darts, it has emerged.

The News told on Saturday how Riordan – who also won three Scotland caps – turned out for St Bernards AFC in a match against Salvesen in Muirhouse.

The 33-year-old striker scored a wonder goal in last Thursday’s 3-1 win, cushioning the ball with his right foot before smashing a 20-yard shot into the top corner.

But supporters were left scratching their heads as to how the amateur club could entice a former Scottish international to pull on his boots for them.

Now a member of the St Bernards AFC management team has revealed it was Riordan losing a game of arrows in his local pub that led him to running out with his amateur mates last week.

Posting on Hibs.net website, he said: “I’m the manager and Deeks is a close friend of mine and some of the boys.

“Managed to get him to play after a few shandys on Saturday night and a losing bet of darts. We enjoyed having him and he enjoyed his run out.

“He was brilliant and a great boost for the boys to play alongside one of their heroes. The goal he scored was one we’ve seen [from him] many times.”

He added: “I’m hoping it is not his last appearance for us.”

Riordan has also played for Celtic and in China.