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McGeady fury as Celtic claim Spartak scalp

AIDEN McGeady was angry and frustrated by Spartak Moscow's 3-2 defeat by Celtic.

The midfielder could only look on from the bench as his old club celebrated their first ever away win in the Champions League after being substituted in the 76th minute with the scores level at 2-2.

Spartak defender Juan Insaurralde's red card for a professional foul on Gary Hooper proved to be the turning point with Celtic coming from 2-1 down to snatch the points thanks to an own goal and a last minute header from Georgios Samaras after a double from Emmanuel Emenike cancelled out Hooper's 12th minute opener.

Insaurralde's red card sent Spartak coach Unai Emery into defensive mode with McGeady far from happy at being substituted after playing in an ineffective central role.

"This is the way the manager wants me to play," McGeady told Russian tv immediately after the final whistle. "That's it. He wants me to play in the center. 'Inside, inside.'

"We were 2-1 up, after this we go to ten men and then they score two goals quite easily.

Difficult

"We had to win tonight to get ourselves a chance. We have no points now, Celtic have four, Benfica have one, obviously Barcelona are probably going to win the group so now it's going to be difficult."

Celtic now face a double header with Barcelona safe in the knowledge that they will be involved in the shake up for the group.

With Spartak coming to Parkhead in the final group match the worst case scenario for the bhoys is that they'll go into that match playing for a place in the Europa League.

Neil Lennon played in Celtic's first ever Champions League tie, a 3-2 defeat to Juventus in September 2001, and couldn't hide his delight at winning away from home in the Russian capital.

"I'm the proudest man in Europe," the Celtic boss declared. "I can't speak highly enough of the players, they were magnificent, all of them. They thoroughly deserved this win.

"It's a huge step for the club psychologically. It's the first time we've won away in the Champions League so we have broken our record but there is a lot of football to be played in the group.

"We are still novices in this tournament but a few more performances like that won't do us any harm."


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