Sunderland attacker Aiden McGeady has revealed that he would return to Scottish Premiership side Celtic if he was handed the opportunity to do so.
With the new season fast approaching, Irish winger McGeady has effectively been told that his future at the club is over, having been left out of Phil Parkinson’s EFL squad.
A recent calf injury has now limited his involvement and The Northern Echo have since reported that the 34-year-old will not be part of Sunderland’s first team plans.
Talking on The Go Radio Football Show on Go Radio (5pm, September 7, 2020), as transcribed by The Scottish Sun, the winger has now revealed that if he was offered the chance to return to Celtic, where he began his professional career, he would gladly do so. He said:
“Maybe if Lenny [Neil Lennon] gets in touch then I might, aye! But I don’t think that’s going to happen, I think that ship has sailed.
“My first choice would be Celtic but I think that time in my career has passed to be honest with you.”
“Whatever people think happened between me and the manager (Phil Parkinson)… I think it should just remain a football decision.
“It’s a funny one because I have another year left on my deal and I want to play for Sunderland. I’ve made it as clear as that.”
Since his arrival at Sunderland, McGeady has featured in 98 games, scoring 27 goals and supplying 13 assists in the process for his teammates.
McGeady’s absence from Sunderland pre-season and pending League One start is quite surprising, especially given the impact that he can have on the pitch.
Parkinson will be under increasing pressure this season to ensure that the Black Cats win promotion and a player of the Irish veteran’s effectiveness could have been a major contributor towards that aim if given the opportunity.
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