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McGeady holding out for big move

ALEX McLeish has been told by Celtic to come back with a better offer if he wants to sign Aiden McGeady after tabling a bid which fell well short of the Bhoys' £10m valuation.

But even if the Birmingham boss manages to find more funds, his chances of signing McGeady could be scuppered by the fact that the player has set his sights much higher than a newly promoted yoyo club on a decent run.

McGeady is ready to make the move to the Premier League but believes that his entry level should be with a club battling for Champions League football rather than mid-table mediocrity.

McLeish sent assistant Andy Watson, and reserve team coach Malky Thomson to have a final look at McGeady in Old Firm action last Sunday and both returned with rave reviews.

However, McGeady has told friends that he is in no rush to leave Celtic and would be content to play out the season if he doesn't get the right offer in this transfer window.

Celtic are fully aware that McLeish has been handed a £30m warchest and is ready to spend in a bid to maintain Birmingham's current position in the top half of the Premier League table. The initial bid was turned down by Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell, who believes that Bimringham can afford to pay handsomely for the brightest talent in the Premier League

While McGeady ponders his Premier League future, speculation in Glasgow points to one of his Republic of Ireland team-mates, Sean St Ledger, heading in the other direction.

St Ledger, valued at £4.5m by Preston, turned former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan down when the new Middlesbrough manager wanted to make his loan move from Preston permanent. He is thought to be keen on a move North of the border but his international form has been monitored by several Premier League clubs as well and other options could open up in the next few weeks.