Parkhead talent heads for Moscow.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes winger Aiden McGeady will sign for Spartak Moscow in the coming days.
The player returned on Thursday from a visit to the Russian club and Lennon predicts the £9.5m move will proceed.
“He was in yesterday and more or less said his goodbyes, so we’ll see how that develops over the next one or two days,” said Lennon of the 24-year-old.
“I won’t be relieved, because I’ll be losing my best player, but we feel it’s good money for a top player.”
McGeady has been given permission by the Republic of Ireland to miss Wednesday’s friendly against Argentina.
Speaking after Celtic lost their final pre-season game 2-1 at home to Blackburn, Lennon added: “He’s going to go to Moscow in the next few days and get the deal finalised.
“That will be a relief in terms of putting the deal to bed because the sooner it’s done, the better. I’ll get all the money. (BBC Sport)
I take it Neil Lennon means the club gets all the money and not himself in person. Its a pretty big deal for Celtic but one does wonder if Aiden McGeady had been playing in England just how much more he would be considered worthy of. The talented old fashioned winger is a top notch player who appears to believe, rightly or wrongly, that he has outgrown the Glasgow club.
It will be incredibly difficult for the Irish international to make it in Russia. It’s a notoriously tough place to put your stamp on. It is a little surprising that no Premier League side thought the 24 year old was worth making a move for. The likes of Aston Villa and Tottenham were strongly linked with a move for McGeady but clearly no one was willing to put their money where their mouths were.
Whilst not wanting to tempt fate I would predict that in less than a year the quick thinking attacker will be back from his Moscow adventure and maybe then someone in the English top tier will think to put in a decent bid for a player with oodles of natural talent.