McGeady: I want to play at the top level

AIDEN McGeady has reiterated his long-term aim to play in England before claiming his future would be decided by the club after yesterday's Old Firm draw at Parkhead.

The Celtic winger said: "Everyone has aspirations to play at the top level but if a team came in for me, it wouldn't be up to me if I wanted to go or not, it would be up to the club because I am still under contract."

The Republic of Ireland international refused to blame referee Steve Conroy for Celtic's failure to reduce Rangers' seven-point lead at the top of the Scottish Bank Premier League.

Scott McDonald came off the bench to put the home side ahead but Rangers struck back almost immediately through a Lee McCulloch header and the game ended in stalemate, despite Celtic having the best of the chances.

Conroy, officiating in his first game between the Glasgow giants, chalked off a first-half goal from Marc-Antoine Fortune when it looked like he had fairly won an aerial challenge with Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

The official was also lenient towards Kyle Lafferty when he only showed the Rangers striker a yellow card for a late challenge on Andreas Hinkel.

"You can't really blame the referee. We had more than enough chances," McGeady said. "We should have had the game wrapped up at half-time."