Hibs set to for injury boost as familiar face prepares ahead of Celtic reunion

By Lewis Laird

December 7, 2022

Hibernian look all set to welcome back former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady ahead of their clash with the Hoops at Easter Road later this month.

The 36-year-old made his return to Scottish Football earlier this year for the first time since his Parkhead departure in 2010.

After 12 years away in Russia and England, the Irishman joined the Easter Road side, who are now managed by his former Sunderland boss Lee Johnston.

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With Hibernian undergoing a rebuild in the summer after a disappointing campaign in 2021/22, McGeady look set to bring some much-needed experience to the squad.

However, ahead of the start of the season, disaster struck for Hibernian and the winger after the Ireland international was ruled out for several months through injury.

After 16 games played in the Scottish Premiership, the former Celtic man is still yet to make an appearance in the top flight following his serious injury in the summer.

Instead, he has had to sit on the sidelines and watch on as his side suffered an up-and-down start to the campaign.

However, with the second half of the season slowly approaching, McGeady looks all set to make his injury return and is expected to feature in a friendly for Hibs tomorrow afternoon against Raith Rovers [The Herald].

Returning to action should put him in contention for Hibernian’s match-up against Ange Postecoglou’s side at Easter Road, taking place later this month.

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Hibs set to be boosted by McGeady return ahead of Celtic’s Easter Road visit.

After a slightly disappointing start to the season, you would imagine Lee Johnston will be delighted to welcome back an experienced figure in his squad.

Although McGeady hasn’t featured in the top flight in Scotland for quite some time, he has previously showcased his ability on several occasions in the country and south of the border.

Despite losing eight games in the league, there is still plenty to play for, with Hibs sitting just five points off Aberdeen in third spot.

A quick start will be crucial if they hope to climb up the league. However, in their third game back from the winter break, they take on Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side at home.

Easter Road has previously been a tough hunting ground for the Hoops. But, Postecoglou was able to take his side to the capital and bring home all three points last season.

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So, it is bound to be a difficult task, with the Bhoys coming off the back of a brilliant start to the campaign.

Of course, having McGeady back will help Hibernian as the former academy graduate prepares to go up against his old club for the first time since his return.

But McGeady and his teammates will have their work cut out if they hope to take something from the game against Celtic on the 28th of December.

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