Friday 6 December 2019

Aidan McGeady hits out at Roy Keane

Winger believes criticism unfair and insists he was ‘one of Ireland’s main players’ in qualifying

Aidan McGeady
Aidan McGeady
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

AIDEN McGEADY has hit out at Roy Keane after his former Celtic team-mate questioned his Ireland form.

The Glasgow-born 26-year-old defended his record with his adopted country, asserting that he set up more goals for his colleagues in qualifying than any other player.

Keane has been critical of the Spartak Moscow winger in his newspaper column, but he has not been alone, with other former professionals raising question marks about whether McGeady is producing his best for Ireland.

McGeady disagrees with his critics, having provided two goals and four assists in qualification for Euro 2012.

"Roy Keane? He says enough anyway. I played with him at Celtic and that was bad enough," he said. "He is just one of those guys who has something to say about everything. I got on with him as a guy, but he is just one of those guys who has an opinion on everything.

"I never saw it but they (former players) are entitled to their opinion. Over the qualifying campaign, I was probably not great in every game but I know -- not being big headed -- that I was probably one of the main players.

"When other people talk about the 'final ball', that is their opinion, but who set up more goals than me in the qualifiers?

"Possibly because I don't get one (cross) in every time I get criticised. It would be great to get a goal with every one in two crosses but that is obviously not going to happen. I would like to be more consistent with my crosses and to score more goals. There are a lot of things I want to work on and I am still fairly young."

If McGeady is under pressure from rising star James McClean's arrival in the squad, he isn't showing it.

"There has been a lot of hype, but it was the same with Seamus Coleman last year," he said of the Sunderland winger.

"They're both good players. I wouldn't put too much pressure on him, that's all I would say, he's still young.

"Myself and Duffer (Damien Duff) didn't play in most of those games just to say 'no problem, you just take my place for the Euros', but that's football -- there will always be competition."

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