Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady completes Scottish Football return
Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady has made a return to Scottish Football, joining Hibernian on a one-year deal.
The Irishman has been linked with a move to Easter Road for several weeks and has now officially been confirmed as a Hibs player after his contract with Sunderland expired this summer.
McGeady will be linking up with new boss Lee Johnson for a second time, having spent a period playing under the Englishman at the Stadium of Light.
The former Celtic academy graduate will be returning to Scotland to continue his playing career for the first time since 2010.
Twelve years on from his Hoops departure, the 36-year-old has enjoyed a spell in Russia with Spartak Moscow before coming back to the UK and spending time at several different English clubs, including Everton and Sheffield Wednesday.
The Republic of Ireland internationalist is now coming towards the end of his playing career. But, he will be hoping to have a successful 12 months at Hibs as Johnston looks to rebuild the Edinburgh side.
Reacting to the move, the Hibs boss said [Hibernian FC]: “We are delighted to bring Aiden to Hibernian FC.
“He will bring skill, experience and gravitas to our team. Aiden is a top player, has had a fantastic career to date, and we aim to extend and accentuate his abilities within the blend of our new-look squad.
“We will also look to utilise Aiden’s fantastic leadership qualities to help guide and get the best out of our young forward players.”
A return to Celtic Park awaits McGeady next season.
On his return to Scottish Football, I am sure there will be many dates and games the experienced winger will be looking forward to next season, including the Edinburgh Derby.
But I am sure the former Celtic winger will have been looking out when he could make his Parkhead return, this time playing for the away side.
Of course, McGeady has played at Celtic Park as part of the opposition, coming off the bench in the Champions League for Spartak Moscow in 2012.
But, as he comes towards the latter days of his playing career, it might be a moment that the new Hibs signing is looking forward to.
He also has a key job to do for his new side, who struggled in the Scottish Premiership last season. And McGeady could be the man to provide that spark next season.