Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady suffers bitter injury blow ahead of Scottish season start
Former Celtic star Aiden McGeady could be set to miss up to three months of the new season for Hibs, having only signed for the Edinburgh club this summer.
The 36-year-old signed for Hibs after five years at Sunderland, helping the club to promotion from League One into the Championship at the end of last season.
But McGeady will potentially miss as much as the first third of the season as manager Lee Johnson confirmed that the winger will be out for “6-12 weeks” with a metatarsal injury in a press conference today.
The Irish winger was one of Celtic’s star players under Gordon Strachan, but left in a then-record transfer for the club for £9million to Spartak Moscow in the summer of 2010, later playing against the Hoops for the Russian side in 2012, with Celtic winning home and away and finishing second to qualify for the last 16.
He would then earn a move to the Premier League for Everton in 2014, spending three years at Goodison with loan spells to Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday before signing for Sunderland in 2017.
Former star’s career winding down
Few Celtic fans would have begrudged McGeady a successful return to Scotland following over a decade away.
The youth academy graduate had a fine career in Paradise, scoring derby and Champions League goals, as well as sweeping the club’s player of the year awards in 2007-08, despite an often fractious relationship with manager Gordon Strachan.
He was utterly electric in his pomp, his skill and dribbling ability famous even out-with Scottish football, but he has been blighted by injury. At 36, he’ll do well to get his Hibs career off the ground following such a significant setback.
Hibs kick-off their Scottish Premiership season at McDiarmid Park against St Johnstone on Saturday and will hope to better last season’s 8th place finish.
It would be a shame to see the career of a player of McGeady’s quality fizzle out, but this injury won’t help his chances of a big impact at Easter Road.