This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Aiden McGeady emerged from the academy, most associated with Celtic could tell that they had a good player on their hands and he went on to enjoy a very successful career whilst at the club. When they sold him some might have been surprised. However with hindsight it looked like they parted ways at the perfect time and he ended up being a great profit player for the Bhoys.
The winger managed to play 200 times for the Hoops across six seasons from 2004-2010, scoring 32 goals and picking up 48 assists, per Transfermarkt. This is a decent record for the player, and this combined with the three league titles and one Scottish League Cup that he won highlight a prosperous career that he had at Parkhead.
Was McGeady a profit player?
His talent was clearly noticed by other teams as he made a £10.80 million move to Russian side Spartak Moscow in 2010. He was then shipped on for only £1.80 million to Everton where arguably his career started to go downhill as he struggled in the Premier League, he made just 43 appearances before moving to Sunderland for just over £250,000.
Now the Republic of Ireland international is on loan at relegation battling Charlton in the Championship, but due to return back to Sunderland in League One, per Transfermarkt.
His big money move from the Hoops in 2010 highlighted a success for the club’s academy and the struggles he has had after since leaving them clearly showed the peak of his career was in Scotland. In the end the club ended up making a great profit on the attacker and probably had the best years out of him, highlighting he was a great profit player for the side.
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