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Strachan raised my game despite rift – McGeady

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Ireland's Aiden McGeady. Photo: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Ireland's Aiden McGeady. Photo: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Ireland's Aiden McGeady. Photo: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

AIDEN McGEADY has insisted that there is no bad blood between him and Gordon Strachan.

In December 2008 McGeady was given a two-week club suspension – missing an Old Firm clash at Ibrox – following a furious after-match row with the then Celtic manager.

An uneasy peace deal was worked out between the two men with Strachan quitting Celtic six months later after narrowly failing to win a fourth consecutive SPL title.

McGeady v Strachan is one of many plots already up and running ahead of November's Scotland v Ireland clash but with the benefit of hindsight the Everton midfielder is adamant that he doesn't bear any grudges against the Scotland boss.

"Myself and Strachan had our differences but overall he took my game to the next level," McGeady claimed. "In terms of our disagreements, I'd maybe do a couple of things differently. In my opinion, a lot of the time, I wasn't in the wrong.

"Looking back, for example, at the time I got suspended. Now, maybe, I would bite my tongue but I think it was building up inside me for a while because of the way I was treated over a period."

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McGeady added: "I won several Player of the Year awards in 2008 and he did help me a lot.

"He was always on at me. Tracking back was probably his thing for me. The penny finally dropped for me that I had to bring that into my game.

"If you don't track back then you are a luxury player, aren't you? Only so many luxury players get a game every week at top clubs. You have to be unbelievable to be allowed to be a luxury.

"He also wanted me to appreciate the work ethic side of the game and become more tuned in to being a team player. So to improve I had to bring that into my game. I worked on it, I was conscious my role had to change."

The SFA have still to announce where the Scotland v Ireland match will be held but with a capacity of 60,000 it is likely to be played at Celtic Park.


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