Report: Former Celtic hero Aiden McGeady is on his way out of Sunderland

By John McGinley

December 12, 2019

Former Celtic favourite Aiden McGeady is embroiled in controversy at Sunderland, with local paper The Echo reporting today that he has been told he can leave the club in January.

McGeady worked under four managers at Celtic Park between 2004 and 2010, stretching from the Martin O’Neill era through to Neil Lennon’s first days as Hoops boss.

The report states that he will not be involved in an upcoming match against Blackpool on Saturday after an incident at the Academy of Light this week, the details of which have yet to emerge.

He’s been a solid performer at the Black Cats in recent seasons, scoring 27 goals and assisting 13 times in 98 appearances (Transfermarkt). However, it looks like the relationship is rapidly coming to a dramatic end.

Now available again on the transfer market, it seems likely a host of clubs will be interested in his signature.

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Should Celtic be interested?

Now 33, the time has passed on McGeady ever making a big return to his boyhood club.

He was one of the first homegrown players we cashed in for serious money and that came after phenomenal form for the Hoops, both domestically and in Europe.

He would eventually move to Spartak Moscow for a reported £9.5m fee (Daily Mail), which was a mammoth return for Celtic at the time.

One of those players that could really get you off your feet, he netted 32 times and assisted 48 more in all competitions for the Bhoys (Transfermarkt).

His 2007/08 season stands out as the undoubted highlight of his Celtic career, when he won the PFA Scotland Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

His 17 assists in the top-flight that year pushed Gordon Strachan’s team towards an emotional league title win on the final day.

McGeady’s skills will likely always be fondly remembered at Celtic Park, and he does have a former teammate in the dugout, but we’ve moved on.