Former Scotland striker Derek Riordan has been told by Jackie McNamara that he needs to get ‘sharper’ if he is to play his part in York City’s survival bid.
Riordan has been left out of the Minstermen’s last three squads after being hauled off at half-time on his full debut in last month’s defeat to Luton.
And former Dundee United manager McNamara, whose side are seven points adrift of safety in English League Two, insists the one-time Hibs and Celtic marksman needs to get in better shape.
McNamara, speaking to the York Press, said: “It was clear that we need to get him sharper during the Luton match.
“If we can do that, I still have no doubt about his technique and ability to score goals, but he needed to be two or three yards quicker in terms of what he was he doing against Luton.
“Whether he can get to that point, is down to him.”
McNamara, who has handed Riordan one other substitute appearance since signing the marksman in January, added: “I still believe we will stay up and I believe we can catch Stevenage especially.
“I think it’s still possible and in our own hands.”