Neil Lennon has confirmed that Aiden McGeady wants to leave Celtic, writes JOE McHUGH.
Speaking before last night's 1-0 defeat to Philadelphia Union the new Celtic manager confirmed the issue has dogged him since getting the manager's job on a permanent basis.
Spartak Moscow have an offer on the table for the midfielder but it's believed that McGeady has his heart set on a move to the English Premier League.
Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Everton have been linked with a move for McGeady with a deal involving Spurs and Robbie Keane of most interest to Celtic.
Any straight transfer deal would require a fee of £10m with Lennon looking to spend the entire amount on rebuilding his squad.
"Aiden hasn't said to me he wants to leave in so many words," Lennon admitted. "But the initial vibe came from his side of things."
McGeady is at home in Glasgow and missed the 1-0 defeat in Philadelphia.
His omission from the travelling party sparked rumours that he was about to be sold but Lennon was quick to deny that theory.
"It's a genuine injury," the new manager claimed. "He picked it up in a closed-doors game last Saturday and came off."
Confirmation of McGeady's wish to move on will force Lennon into having two transfer plans -- working with, or without, a £10m windfall.
Mexican Efrain Juarez is expected to complete his £3m move to Celtic by the weekend to join Joe Ledley, Charlie Mulgrew and Cha Du-Ri who have already signed.
McGeady's departure will virtually complete the break up of Gordon Strachan's side with Stephen McManus joining Middlesbrough earlier this week and Artur Boruc finalising his transfer to Fiorentina.