Aiden McGeady believes chance of ending career at Celtic is over
Aiden McGeady has stated that he always hoped to finish his career at Celtic, but feels that opportunity is now dead in the water.
McGeady came through the Hoops academy ranks before making his debut back in 2004. The Republic of Ireland international would go on to make over 200 Hoops appearances, scoring 32 goals and winning four trophies in the process [Transfermarkt].
The winger would leave Parkhead in 2010 to join Spartak Moscow in what was a record-breaking £10m sale [The Guardian]. His career has since taken him to England, where he’s spent the last seven years playing with Everton, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End, Charlton Athletic, and Sunderland respectively.
McGeady is with the Black Cats now, and has racked up 37 goals in his EFL days. However, he’s been speaking about the time he snubbed the chance to return to Celtic after signing for Everton, as he believes his dream of a Parkhead return is now over.
Speaking on the Press Box podcast, McGeady said: “John Kennedy actually phoned me and asked if I fancied going back, I can’t remember if it was on loan or permanent. But I had only been an Everton less than a year and had it in the back of my head that I didn’t want to go back then as I thought I would play for Everton at some point.
“After that, the opportunity never appeared again. Deila got sacked, Brendan Rodgers came in and for whatever reason he wanted to go down a different route. I had it in my head when I was younger that I wanted to come back to Celtic one day and finishing my career there would’ve been the ideal scenario. But it just didn’t happen and it won’t now as it’s not happened yet I don’t think.
“When I left Peter Lawwell said ‘never say never in football’ about going back one day. I don’t know if I would play for another team in Scotland, football is a funny game and things can change. I don’t want to come across as disrespectful but I want to play in England for as long as I can.”
Aiden McGeady to Celtic just isn’t going to happen
There was a time when many Celtic fans would likely have welcomed McGeady back. Unfortunately, however, the player himself simply didn’t want to. So he can’t particularly say he didn’t have his chance.
McGready is still operating at a solid level. But it’s not at a standard that will make Ange Postecoglou want to race off his seat and bring him in. Quite the opposite in fact. Aiden has been on a decline in recent years. There’s a reason we haven’t heard his name in connection with another move to Glasgow.
It’s a shame how things have turned out in truth. We all hoped the former Celtic academy product was going on to big things after leaving for Moscow. His move to Russia would be as good as it got however. McGeady, for all of his sheer talent, never truly manage to kick on to a bigger club.
Not that he isn’t still doing the business at EFL level. Celtic fans still appreciate what McGeady did in Scotland during his Parkhead days. There’s a bond there and, in an ideal world, he would’ve been able to return to Parkhead to see out his playing days.
Instead, the 2021 version of McGeady means he simply isn’t good enough. Even so, it would be great to see him back in Scottish football at some stage.
Even if it wasn’t a return to Celtic Park, McGeady could still do major damage for certain Premiership sides. But it doesn’t seem as if that interests him at this particular moment.