Report: Yet another former Celtic hero could follow David Marshall back to Scotland
It looks as though another former Celtic hero could be back in Scottish football next season with Hibs interested in Aiden McGeady, according to the Scottish Sun.
McGeady is set to become a free agent with Sunderland not choosing to give him a new contract. The ex-Parkhead star is fresh off of playoff success after helping the club reach the Championship on Saturday.
But now, he’s on the lookout for a fresh challenge. New Hibs boss Lee Johnson worked with McGeady during his own days as Sunderland boss. The Sun believes he rates McGeady highly and could offer him a route back into the game.
The player himself confirmed that he has no desire to hang up his boots just yet [Sunderland Echo]. Indeed, the 92-cap Republic of Ireland international wants to carry on playing even if it isn’t at Sunderland.
Should McGeady move to Easter Road, he would link up with former Celtic teammate David Marshall. Marshall confirmed his own move to Leith earlier this week.
Aiden came through the youth academy at Celtic Park before going on to make 220 appearances for the club [Transfermarkt]. He hasn’t played in Scotland since leaving for Spartak Moscow in 2010.
Aiden McGeady still has something to give; former Celtic man could still play in Scotland
It wasn’t that long ago that Aiden was considered one of Sunderland’s best players. His departure has certainly been met with sadness from the Championship club’s support. But even so, it gives him an opportunity to come back up the road should he wish.
Joining the project at Easter Road would certainly be interesting. Especially with Marshall having already signed up. It’s fair to say it would be a touch odd coming up against the pair next season should McGeady make the move.
But it’s all about whether he fancies it or not. McGeady was given absolutely ridiculous stick all over Scotland when he played for Celtic. After choosing to play for the Republic of Ireland, he was disgracefully targeted at almost every stadium he played at.
However, in football aspects alone, he certainly still has something to give. Operating in the Scottish Premiership is nowhere near beyond his capabilities.
In fact, McGeady has every right to feel he could walk back into Scotland and be one of the standouts. At 36, he still has a couple of years to give.
Granted, after picking up a knee injury back in November before not featuring for the rest of the season, there’s a question over his fitness levels. But for now, he still looks like a good option for many Premiership clubs to take a look at.