Former Celtic striker Riordan could lose his home

Riordan in his Hibs heyday
Riordan in his Hibs heyday

Footballer Derek Riordan has just two weeks to pay £25,000 mortgage arrears on his house or face losing possession of the property.

The 32-year-old, who also played with Hibernian FC, was not present at Falkirk Sheriff Court to hear a lawyer for the TSB Bank plc agree to a two-week stay of execution on an application for possession of the property.

Solicitor Sarah-Jane Kissock said: “I am asking for a two-week continuation as the Mr Riordan has advised that funds are in place for the arrears to be cleared in the next few days.”

Sheriff Linda Smith agreed to the case be continued until January 20 “for possible settlement”.

Court officials would not confirm the address of the property at the centre of the action, but Riordan owns a luxury home at Castleview, near Airth Castle, Stirlingshire.

The house, at the time valued at £315,000, was hit by a major blaze six years ago when Riordan was renting the property out.

Around 35 firefighters from Stirling, Larbert, Falkirk, Bo’ness and Denny attended with five fire engines and an aerial ladder platform and managed to confine the fire to the roof of the house above the property’s double garage.

Earlier the same year, Riordan was fined £300 and had his licence endorsed with three penalty points at Falkirk District Court for speeding home on the M9 near Airth at up to 94mph in a hired BMW.