Ah, Aiden McGeady. He’s had it rough, hasn’t he?
You do not often find Republic of Ireland players kicking about in Russia, but that is exactly what Aiden McGeady did for a good chunk of his career after leaving Celtic before his career took one great big dive into a pile of fresh dog (Black Cat) muck.
Aiden McGeady really was quite the talent back in the day, believe it or not. He possessed the ability to make the opposition look like silly little schoolboys with the slightest of feints, tricks, ploys, twists or turns. The ‘McGeady turn’ was born because of this man, after all. He literally made a skill move. That kind of thing is reserved for the Brazilians and the Dutch.
We are sure that, as a product of the Celtic youth system, as well, it must have been a proud moment seeing him pull on the green and white of Celtic and take his immense talents to the unsuspecting plebs of the surrounding teams.
Unfortunately, as gifted as he may have been in his Celtic prime, it always felt like there was a little something missing. A finishing touch, maybe; that ability to find a teammates feet, or put the ball into the back of the net under the pressure. It just felt a bit like he imploded the moment he had to close things off.
After making 252 appearances at Parkhead, McGeady left in 2010 to join Russian side Spartak Moscow for an estimated £10million.
He helped them to the runner’s up spot in the Russian Premier League, and even faced his old side in the Champions League group stages. Celtic winning both, including their first-ever away match victory in the group stages.
Everton came calling in 2014 but the Premier League wasn’t kind to him, and after two disastrous years filled to the brim with botched turns and frankly embarrassing finesse (yes, it never improved) he was sent on loan to a Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End before settling with Sunderland.
If there is one thing the Black Cats needed on their descent into the pits of the English football league, it was decisiveness and as we have learned, this is something the Irishman could not guarantee.
He remains at the club for the time being but has expressed his desire to return to Celtic on a number of occasions. Whether Hoops fans want him back remains to be seen.
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