Aiden McGeady has today opened up about the prospect of moving back to Celtic again. It must, however, fall on deaf ears.
The Republic of Ireland winger has struggled in recent years, and now plays with Sunderland in League One. So far this season, McGeady has made just nine appearances and bagged three goals. Granted, he did net a brace in Sunderland’s 2-0 win at Plymouth on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic have currently found their form once again in Scotland. Seven consecutive domestic wins coincide with a run of 13 goals in their last three outings. To say the double-treble winners are back would be a fair assessment.
Rodgers will now be turning his eyes towards January in a bid to add quality to the squad. Just as he does so, McGeady has opened up on potentially moving back to Scotland.
“I would be happy to finish my career in a Celtic shirt, but I don’t think it will happen. I think the moment where I could have returned as Celtic player has passed.
“I have not seriously thought about coaching career, but a couple of years ago I would have flatly rejected the idea of becoming a coach, but the older I get, the more I play and watch football, the more often I think about it.”
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Rodgers has to agree with him
In terms of McGeady’s time having passed, unfortunately that’s an accurate assessment. Rodgers will also have to agree if his Hoops side are to continue evolving.
Despite the fact the Scottish-born Irish international can play on either side, Celtic have plenty of players who would be ahead of him in the pecking order. This isn’t the same McGeady that Celtic allowed to go to Russia for a then record-breaking £10million.
During his time at Celtic, McGeady was a star. Making 251 appearances for his boyhood heroes, he managed to notch 37 goals whilst playing on both flanks.
At the moment, however, Celtic have Scott Sinclair and James Forrest starting to motor. Any additions to help increase competition have to be players with the potential to develop. That’s the kind of footballer that Rodgers likes, with McGeady unfortunately barely fitting the bill at 32-years of age
The former Celtic academy star will hopefully be back at Parkhead in a different capacity one day. As a player, however? That’s probably one to best avoid.