Aidan O'Hara: The less you play for Ireland, the better you become
IMAGINE for a minute that Giovanni Trapattoni was ignoring Aiden McGeady's talents. There are many people who would be happy with such a scenario given the winger's infuriating levels of inconsistency but, had he not been involved in the Ireland set-up over the past few seasons, what would be said then?
It would go along the lines of: "McGeady is the only Irish player playing in the Champions League this season. He has won titles with Celtic, was good enough to attract the second most successful club in Russian history to sign him, had the courage to go there and, tomorrow night, will be one of the players Benfica will be most worried about when the two teams play. Being ignored by Trapattoni is a disgrace."
Other than the last sentence, all of the previous paragraph is true but because of McGeady's ability to mix the skill that a bad player could never do with some decisions that a good player should never do, his omission from Trapattoni's plans wouldn't have many scurrying to ring 'Liveline'.