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Hoops in heaven

NEIL LENNON proclaimed himself the proudest man in Europe after Celtic's smash and grab raid on Spartak Moscow but former Bhoy Aiden McGeady is anything but a happy man following a verbal clash with boss Unai Emery.

McGeady, asked to play in midfield against his former club, was disgruntled after being substituted in the 76th minute of the 3-2 defeat and looks certain to end his lucrative Russian exile for a new career in the Premier League in January.

"This is the way the manager wants me to play," McGeady (right) said. "That's it. He wants me to play in the centre. 'Inside, inside'."

Emery's response was equally forthright, pointing to a breakdown between himself and McGeady: "We should have been more aggressive in midfield tonight, that was our main problem. Some players lacked confidence."

Lennon could not have been more pleased with his players.

"I don't think we get the respect we deserve but maybe tonight's performance might change a few attitudes," said a buoyant Lennon.