"Top human"; former Celtic star Aiden McGeady's contract gesture

By Euan Davidson

May 22, 2021

Former Celtic man Aiden McGeady was once in the cold at Sunderland.

The ex-Spartak Moscow and Everton winger, who played over 200 times for Celtic, had even had his squad number withdrawn. Former Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson, and the Celtic Academy graduate, clearly didn’t see eye to eye [Chronicle Live].

Fast forward six months though, and McGeady is a crucial figure at Sunderland. His £19,000 per week wages were causing a problem, however. Sunderland need to make cuts, and McGeady was about to earn a reported one-year extension, based on playing 30 games this season.

In the event Sunderland aren’t promoted via the League One play-offs, that might’ve really had an impact on the club’s finances. However, the former Celtic man has chosen to waive that right, meaning the North-East English club have financial flexibility.

Boss Lee Johnson cleared up any doubt over the former Ireland international, saying [Sun]:

“It’s all good with Aiden. It’s difficult for me to reveal contract situations, that’s not my place or fair on the player.

“All I can say is Aiden has been top drawer throughout my tenure and has proved his class. It shows he is a top human and a top player that he is available.”

Aiden McGeady has had an excellent latter half of 20-21 / (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images )

Former Celtic man Aiden McGeady has quite a job to do

If Sunderland have any chance of progressing in this year’s play-offs, there’s a considerable bit of work needing done. Lincoln City hold a 2-0 aggregate lead on the Black Cats [Guardian], who are facing a fourth season in League One. Frankly, with the support base and the size of the club in mind, it’s not the status that Sunderland fans really deserve.

McGeady’s manager is hoping that the creative dynamo will play a pivotal role. Lee Johnson told the Guardian:

“I brought Geads back from the dead and he’s shown strong leadership on and off the pitch.

“He’s a top player. Top players come with demands and he’s not always easy to manage but I appreciate the intensity he wants. He’s tough. I’m confident he’ll step up in the way we need.”

As Celtic can attest, he might not be the easiest talent to handle. On song, though, he can change any game. Sunderland will be desperately hoping he can do just that.

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