Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady had an incredible day for Sunderland.
The winger, who made 200 appearances for his boyhood club Celtic, bagged four assists in the Black Cats’ 4-1 win over Doncaster Rovers [Sunderland Echo].
The Sunderland Echo gave McGeady a rare 10 out of 10, after assisting each goal for Charlie Wyke in a convincing win for Lee Johnson’s side. The paper said:
“A quite stunning performance. Had fans been in the crowd then he would have had a standing ovation when replaced ten minutes from the end.
“Four assists, and that statistic barely even scratches the surface of the complete dominance he enjoyed this game. An individual showing that will live long in the memory.”
Celtic loanee Scott Robertson came on for Doncaster Rovers in the 72nd minute [BBC]. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make much of an impact as Darren Moore’s team only mustered a single goal in response.
From misfit to hero: Celtic academy graduate Aiden McGeady
As recently as November, Aiden McGeady was an outcast at Sunderland. Under Phil Parkinson, the Ireland international was a forgotten man, to the extent that his squad number was given away [Chronicle Live].
Since being reintroduced to the Sunderland first-team, McGeady has managed 6 goal contributions in the league [Transfermarkt]. At 34, McGeady is still comparatively quick. Clearly, his eye for a pass is clearly not lost.
Four goals for Wyke
Four assists for McGeady
— Sky Bet League One (@SkyBetLeagueOne) February 13, 2021
With Sunderland now in play-off contention [Sky Sports], it would be a fitting end to McGeady’s Lazarus-esque comeback if the Black Cats could seal promotion.
McGeady’s Sunderland trail Scott Robertson’s loan club Doncaster by 4 points in League One. Certainly, it adds an interesting Celtic-based narrative to events in the third-tier of English football.
Scott Robertson, meanwhile, will be disappointed with his brief appearance here. The Celtic youngster only managed a meagre 14 touches of the ball [WhoScored?], and was unable to imprint his metronomic passing and vision to any effect.
With still plenty left to play for in League One, there’s an fascinating prospect for Celtic supporters to keep an eye on. Will McGeady, representing the old guard of the 00s, prosper against the future of the Bhoys’ midfield? Only time will tell.
In any event, it’s good to see McGeady prospering after so long on the outside.