Aiden McGeady becomes a free agent: who will pick up former Celtic winger?

By Euan Davidson

June 16, 2021

Amongst the Charlie Wyke chat, a familiar name reappeared for Celtic supporters: Aiden McGeady.

His situation at Sunderland is somewhat unclear. In a classy move, he waived an extra year extension so the club would have financial flexibility. He’s shown immense loyalty to the Black Cats, particularly after being shunned by former boss Phil Parkinson [Chronicle Live].

Now, though, he’s being offered new terms, but they’re likely to be reduced. Sunderland stayed in League One after some classic Wembley heartbreak, with Lincoln City beating the Black Cats over two legs [BBC]. That likely means the terms McGeady had with Sunderland when he first joined will not be repeated.

Denver Hume, Luke O’Nien and the aforementioned Charlie Wyke have also been offered new terms [Chronicle Live]. However, owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, the staggeringly young owner of Sunderland AFC [Guardian], will have been expecting to go up a tier this summer. So will many of the players, who may seek pastures new.

That may include McGeady. If so, what comes next for the former Celtic winger? The former Spartak Moscow and Everton winger should have some choices. Will that include a shock return to Paradise?

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Given Celtic’s propensity to invite old players back into the fold in some form, let’s not entirely rule out Aiden McGeady coming back. The former Ireland international may feel that, at 35, he’s got some unfinished business, and would surely relish a chance to retire in the Hoops.

Fine, it’s hardly the most ambitious signing, but McGeady still has quality. In League One last season, the Celtic Academy graduate chipped in with a staggering 17 assists, including 2 in the Play-Offs alone. Again, that’s despite being frozen out by Phil Parkinson, to the point of having his squad number removed.

Aiden McGeady has starred for Sunderland but now finds himself out of contract / (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

It does strike as being somewhat unlikely. Perhaps, though, we could see him back in Scotland. Stephen Glass has amassed some strong characters in his Aberdeen rebuild; could a former Premiership dynamo fit into his plans?

Alternatively, Jack Ross coached him at Sunderland; could Hibs stump up the finances to ensure McGeady could be playing in Green and White?

There’ll certainly be interest in England, but could we see McGeady returning to Scotland to finish his career? It might not be in the Hoops, although stranger things have happened.

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