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McGeady not going anywhere say Celtic

CELTIC have dismissed suggestions that Aiden McGeady was left at home for the Bhoys' pre-season tour of the USA because he is about to be sold to Aston Villa.

The Celtic squad arrived in Philadelphia last night but there was no place on the plane for McGeady, leading to speculation that the Bhoys were close to agreeing a deal with Aston Villa for the Irish international.

But Celtic assistant manager Johann Mjallby insists that McGeady, like former Derry City man Niall McGinn, is simply being kept back in Glasgow for treatment.

"Aiden has injured a thigh and it is impossible for him to play for 10 days. So we thought it was better he stayed here to get treatment and to make sure he is ready for the Champions League games," Mjallby said.

Meanwhile Kevin Doyle says he won't get a big head from the praise which Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has heaped on him. Trapattoni has repeatedly said that Wolves man Doyle is capable of playing with a bigger club, and it's known that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is an admirer of Doyle following a glowing recommendation from former Ireland coach Liam Brady.

"I am sure he was trying to give me a bit of confidence. He praises me, he picks me and that is great for me," said Doyle, who arrives in Ireland with the Wolves squad tomorrow for a pre-season tour which includes a friendly with Bohemians on Saturday.

"I am delighted, he's always been good to me ever since he took the job."