Sunday 23 July 2017

Lennon in the dark over McGeady future

Ben Rumsby

Neil Lennon has admitted he had not yet asked Aiden McGeady if he wants to leave Celtic.

Speculation over McGeady's future has been rife, with Spartak Moscow having made a bid -- reportedly £8.3m -- for the Ireland winger.

Lennon revealed two weeks ago he got a "vibe" from the 24-year-old that he wanted out of Parkhead but has refrained from quizzing him outright.

McGeady travelled with Celtic to London ahead of this weekend's Emirates Cup and Lennon insisted the midfielder would play some part in the pre-season tournament.

However, the Hoops boss gave the same assurance the day before Wednesday's Champions League qualifying-round first-leg defeat at Braga, only for the player to be left out of the squad altogether.

Lennon claimed McGeady had been ruled out with a back injury but his omission fuelled rumours he is on the brink of being sold.

Asked if he knew what McGeady wanted, Lennon said: "No. I haven't really sat down and said 'do you want to go?' because I don't want to put unnecessary pressure on him."

Lennon was unable to give any assurance McGeady would stay.

"I really can't answer that question," he said. "There's strong interest -- not just from Moscow.

"He's a very talented player. But every player has his price."

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