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McGeady's big Game hunger

Aiden McGeady is looking to join up for international duty as an Old Firm winner.

The 23-year-old missed out on both Old Firm games at Ibrox last season and feared that his Celtic career could be over as his relationship with Gordon Strachan hit rock bottom.

When Scott McDonald's goal earned Celtic three points at Ibrox last December McGeady watched the match from home as he ended a 14-day club suspension after a heated dressing room fall-out with his manager.

Despite scoring against Rangers in the final of the Co-Operative Cup final in March, and earning the man-of-the-match award, McGeady was dropped to the bench at Ibrox in May to make way for Shaun Maloney as a 1-0 win swung the title Rangers way.

Tony Mowbray has given McGeady's Celtic career a fresh start with the midfielder hoping to reward his new gaffer with victory in the red-hot atmosphere of Ibrox tomorrow.

McGeady said: "If you are a creative force in the team, it's your job to go and create, score goals. That's the way I look at it. The responsibility is on my shoulders to go and do something in the game and not leave it to someone else.

"I love it when there's a big crowd and the fans don't like you, that is what football is all about.

"Hopefully I can do something out of the ordinary like set up a goal. That's what drives you on as a footballer. That is what I go home and think about. That's what I dream about."

At the start of this year McGeady had other things on his mind as he prepared to return to Celtic and work on his fractured relationship with Strachan.


There was no love lost between the two men with McGeady admitting that he feared he'd be frozen out of football when he returned to the club after his two-week suspension and fine.

He revealed: "I pretty much thought that it was over for me at Celtic. I didn't think I would play again to be honest but surprisingly the manager was good to me.

"I was thinking that I would be playing with the reserves or the youth team for the rest of the season. It was surprising how quickly I was playing again after what happened. It did not take that long to get over it.

"Last season when the boys won at Ibrox it was hard watching everyone celebrating. It was just one of those things you wanted to be involved in.

"I was delighted that we won but I wanted to be part of it and I wasn't. I felt a bit sick with all the boys celebrating after the game and I was sitting watching it on the telly. It is a rotten feeling."

Mowbray is a major fan of McGeady and is looking for some magic from his star man to help give Celtic a seven-point advantage over Rangers to pile the pressure on to the Ibrox men.

"Aiden will play on Sunday," Mowbray underlined. "His name is already on the team-sheet, he's a big player for us.

"He's a big player for us. He got frustrated against Rapid because he didn't get as much of the ball as he wanted. But he's a special player who can do special things.

"I mentioned Pat McCourt could take on five or six people and score a wonder goal. Well, substitute his name for Aiden McGeady, the potential is there for him to do that."