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McGeady out of final Spartak tie

AIDEN McGEADY has played his last game of the year as he will be forced to sit out Spartak Moscow's final match of the calendar year this weekend.

But the former Celtic man is still targeting a top-two finish and Champions League qualification.

Spartak, currently fourth in the eight-team section of the Russian top flight since the league split in two, take on Krasnodar on Saturday, the last match before a four-month mid-season break in the season which will then finish in May, but McGeady will sit out that game due to a suspension.

He was substituted early in the second half of last week's 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow as manager Valeri Karpin feared that the Irish international could be sent off.

"I wasn't happy to be taken off but the manager explained his reasons, he was afraid I would get two yellow cards," said McGeady.

"We have just one more game this year but we can still have a good season. We hoped that CSKA and Zenit would drop points and they have done that.

"Overall, this season we want to finish on top of the league or at least in second place and we can still do that," added McGeady, who played in every game in Ireland's Euro 2012 campaign.