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Spartak Moscow's Ireland midfielder Aiden McGeady. Picture credit: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

Spartak Moscow's Ireland midfielder Aiden McGeady. Picture credit: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

Spartak Moscow's Ireland midfielder Aiden McGeady. Picture credit: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

AIDEN McGEADY could still have a future at Spartak Moscow, if he toes the line at the club, according to his manager Valeri Karpin.

Spartak enjoyed a 6-1 win over Volga in the Russian league yesterday but McGeady played no part in the game, as the Ireland international has been banished to the reserves and transfer-listed following a row with manager Karpin.

It had been assumed that McGeady had played his last game for the club and was in line for a move to England in the January transfer window, but boss Karpin said last night that the winger could still have a part to play.

"As always, everything depends on the player," Karpin said when asked if McGeady still had a future at the club.

"If he does everything that is asked of him, he will play. If not, then that's a different conversation. And that doesn't just apply to him but to all players."

Karpin did not expand on that statement but it's thought that he will demand an apology from McGeady, who reportedly reacted badly to criticism by Karpin of McGeady's attitude and performance in last week's league defeat to CSKA Moscow. Spartak fans showed their appreciation for the former Celtic man by unveiling a banner saying "Thanks Aiden" at yesterday's game.

Yet there has been little sympathy for McGeady outside of that show of support from the fans.

"The manager's decision on this was not unexpected, clubs have demands that they make of players," said Sergei Yuran, a former Spartak player who had an unsuccessful spell at Millwall under Mick McCarthy in the 1990s.

"I wouldn't say that McGeady is a key player for Spartak, they have played without him before and will play without him again, if he was Maradona it would be a different matter.

"He was out injured for a while and the club survived without him," he added.

"And to me, how McGeady played in his first season and how he is playing now, they are two completely different things."

Spartak paid Celtic €10m for the winger in 2010 but they face the prospect of losing him for nothing as his contract runs out in June, and the Moscow club may try to cut a deal with an English Premier League club during the January window, with Everton and Newcastle already linked.


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