Former Celtic duo celebrate fantastic Wembley promotion
Former Celtic pair Patrick Roberts and Aiden McGeady yesterday celebrated a fantastic promotion to the Championship with Sunderland after success at Wembley.
Alex Neil’s side overcame Wycombe Wanderers in the League One playoff final on a huge occasion for the Black Cats.
Roberts signed for Sunderland back in January from Manchester City, with the club having the option of extending his contract beyond the end of the season. It comes after recent loan spells with the likes of Middlesbrough, Derby County, and Troyes respectively.
Roberts has gone on to play a big role with the newly-promoted club after making 17 appearances en route to their Wembley success.
McGeady, meanwhile, hasn’t seen much in the way of minutes under Neil this season. He hasn’t featured in league action for Sunderland since November. But even so, he’s been with the club since 2017 and has been through plenty of ups and downs in that period.
Former Celtic academy youngster Ross Stewart sealed the game for Sunderland after Elliot Embleton fired them ahead in the opening stages.
Patrick Roberts and Aiden McGeady celebrate Sunderland success at Wembley
It’s a big moment for both men for differing reasons. Roberts will see his spell with the North East club as a big revival opportunity for him. It’s the first thing he’s won in football since his second loan spell at Celtic Park during the 2016/17 campaign. He needed this move and it looks to be working out for him.
McGeady, meanwhile, has had to suffer plenty of embarrassments due to the turmoil behind the scenes at the Stadium of Light ever since he signed for the club. We’ve all seen the documentary – the club has been a total mess over the years but now finally looks to have some stability about it.
Aiden, now 36, has just finished the final year of his Sunderland contract. There’s no sign of that being extended either and that’s no real surprise given his lack of game-time under Neil. Granted, he’s also had injury problems that have robbed him of a solid run this term.
Sunderland now have decisions to make on both players’ contracts of course. With Roberts’ initial agreement also up, it’ll be down to the Championship club as to whether they feel it’s been a successful arrangement. He’s certainly been a popular figure with supporters and is clearly rated by Neil, so a stay does feel inevitable.
It’s great to see both men celebrate what was an utterly fantastic achievement. A deserved high for the club too given their Wembley pain over the years.
All eyes now on what’s next for both of the ex-Celtic stars as they look ahead to next season.