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McGeady in fight to save Spartak career

AIDEN McGEADY is facing a battle to save his career after a damning indictment from the hierarchy at Spartak Moscow.

McGeady, a €10million purchase from Celtic, had been enjoying some good form in the Spartak side but has struggled since the Russian league resumed last month following a winter break, and has since started just two games for the Moscow club.

McGeady has yet to complete 90 minutes for the side and was again substituted in their last game, a 2-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar last weekend.

Oleg Romantsev, a former manager of Spartak and the Russian national team who is effectively director of football with the club under current boss Valeri Karpin, has not been impressed with McGeady's recent contributions.

"McGeady has not played to the level that he can play at," said Romantsev ahead of their next game, at home to Rubin Kazan on Sunday, where a win is crucial for Spartak if they are to compete for a Champions League place next season.

"He started really well, but then something happened to him.

"To me, this is a question of psychology. He is a very good footballer but we need more from him," added Romantsev.

His comments have again sparked rumours that McGeady could be set for a return to Britain after the Euro 2012 finals in the summer.

Last week, manager Karpin said he was in the dark about reports linking McGeady with a return to England.