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Mixed emotions for ex-Hoop McGeady

AIDEN McGEADY left Celtic Park looking bewildered as footballing fate handed him a cruel role.

As Celtic Park rocked in delight at the final whistle the midfielder swapped shirts with Emilio Izaguirre before completing the formalities of exiting the away dressing room, unable to join in the celebrations that he would have revelled in under any other circumstances.

McGeady replaced Spartak scorer Ari in the 61st minute but looked short of match fitness as his old club upped their game in search of a winner and a place in the last 16.

Kris Commons rattled the decisive goal in off the crossbar from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute with McGeady yellow carded before the final whistle blew and the celebrations kicked off.

"It was great to be back, the atmosphere was unbelievable," the former Celt admitted.

"I was sitting on the bench and the other players beside me were saying the same.

"The reception I got was unbelievable, I wasn't expecting that -- it was probably better than I got when I played here!"

He added: "Celtic are very hard working, they deserve credit for getting through two qualifying rounds then finishing second in the group.

"I'm not so sure how far they'll go but any team that gets 10 points deserves to go through.

"At times they have been lucky, they rode their luck a little against Barca but overall they deserve to go through.

"They could get a really top team in the next round but they beat Barcelona so anything can happen."