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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Aiden McGeady: Paul Green's Xavi top went missing and no-one knows who took it

Paul Green
Paul Green
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Aiden McGeady is targeting a century of Irish caps but admits that he still has more to give in a green shirt.

The Everton winger, whose inactivity at club level could cost him a start in tonight’s return meeting with the Georgia side he tormented in Tbilisi 12 months ago, won his 77th cap as a late sub against Gibraltar on Friday.

“It’s quite scary to think that,” he says, “To get to 100 caps would be unbelievable. There is a long way to go yet but every time I get on I think ‘that’s another cap’ because when you finish you can always say you pulled on an Irish jersey so many times. No-one can ever take that away from you.

“At times I could have done better, there’s still more to give and probably a bit more consistency would have been good but I’ve shown at times what I’m capable of. If it ends tomorrow, I’d be happy with how it’s gone but ideally we’d qualify for the Euros - that’s the aim.”

McGeady has quite a few memories built up from a long career and, in an interview with FAI TV, discussed the business of collecting shirts from opponents. He is not a fan of the practice at club level as it could be perceived as demonstrating an inferiority complex.

In the international sphere, where it is customary, he has gathered an impressive collection. And he has managed to hold onto his valuable jerseys, unlike his Irish team-mate Paul Green.

“I have a few good ones, Pirlo, Kaka, Zambrotta, Nesta, they were ones I got when I was quite young,” he explains, “Of the more recent ones, the one I got at the Euros, Iniesta, that’s one I’d definitely stick up there (and frame). Paul Green’s Xavi top went missing at the Euros. Nobody knows who nicked it.”

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