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McGeough hails McGeady as inspiration

Celtic kid Dylan McGeough has revealed how Aiden McGeady inspired him into Saturday's wonder goal against St Mirren.

Eight minutes after replacing James Forrest, and bearing McGeady's old number 46 jersey, McGeough ran from penalty box to penalty box to slam in Celtic's fifth goal as Neil Lennon's side cut the deficit with Rangers down to four points ahead of the Ibrox side losing at Kilmarnock.

McGeady's decision to choose Ireland ahead of Scotland made him stand out as soon as he made his Celtic debut, with McGeough equally unconventional.

As a 14-year-old in the Celtic Academy, McGeough quit for Rangers when his older brother Darren was released but, after three years at Ibrox, was lured back to Celtic by a home visit from Lennon.

"I used to go to all the games and looked up to Aiden McGeady when I was younger," McGeough admitted. "It would excite me when he was on the ball and he was a big figure at Celtic.

"When I wanted to come here I wanted to grab his number -- it gives me an opportunity to get the fans excited and live up to that number.


"There are always expectations in football, it's a lot for me to live up to and hopefully I can achieve it.

"Since I was a young boy, I've always been here, to score in front of my family will have meant a lot to them."

Celtic's five-game winning run has turned the pressure on Rangers, who had a 15-point advantage less than a month ago.

There is confidence and momentum about Lennon's squad, with Gary Hooper notching a hat-trick against St Mirren and Georgios Samaras scoring his first of the season.

On Wednesday, Celtic switch their attention to the Europa League as they host Atletico Madrid.

"It is a game we can't afford to lose," Lennon confirmed.