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Calderwood: Riordan an ideal captain for Hibs

November 2, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Hibernian boss Colin Calderwood has defended his decision to appoint Derek Riordan as the club's new captain and insists the striker is the ideal man to spearhead his new era at Easter Road.

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PA PhotosDerek Riordan is two years into his second spell at Hibs - the club where he began in his career

Riordan wore the armband in Hibs' 1-0 defeat to Dundee United, with previous skippers Chris Hogg and Kevin McBride not forcing their way into Calderwood's starting XI.

And the former Northampton and Nottingham Forest manager is convinced that Riordan will prove to be a natural leader for the club.

"We need a captain and he's the leading goalscorer," Calderwood said. "He's been here a while and the responsibility of being the captain and leader of the group will help him."

After two defeats in his opening two games, Calderwood has immediately found himself under pressure, but Hibs goalkeeper Mark Brown believes this weekend's Edinburgh derby provides a great opportunity to turn things around.

"It would be the perfect one to give the gaffer his first win," Brown said. "It's a big game and, with it being a derby, it's just that little bit more important.

"Losing to United was a tough one to take. We battled hard and to lose from such a late goal is hugely disappointing. But we'll dust ourselves down and the gaffer will have us working hard all week."