Newcastle Show Interest in Celtic’s Aiden McGeady

There are reports today in Scotland’s the Daily Record that Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is interested in bringing Celtic’s Aiden McGeady to Tyne-side.


Aiden McGeady – speedy winger turns 22 in April

Reports suggest that Keegan had planned to run the rule over McGeady at Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Barcelona but sent Terry McDermott instead along with a senior director from St James Park. That Director would probably be one of our new Recruitment executives, and may have been Dennis Wise.

It will take a huge offer to tempt Celtic to part with their 21 year old Irish winger and amounts of £12M have been mentioned. But we’ll not be the only club interested if Celtic decide to sell.

Newcastle think that they may have to go to around £12M to tempt Celtic, but certainly McGeady didn’t shine on a night when Barcelona beat Celtic 3-2 fairly easily with goals from Messi (2) and former Arsenal star Henry.   Maybe we were really scouting Henry – if you listen to comments made by Kevin during his phone-in a couple of weeks ago.   😀

Keegan is said to remain keen on the youngster, and will no doubt monitor his form through the end of the season. Whether he will then mount a bid in the summer remains to be seen.

Aiden can play in a variety of attacking positions and usually plays as an attacking midfielder/winger for Celtic, on the left hand side. He has blistering pace and quick feet.  So it looks like Aiden would fit nicely into a Kevin Keegan attacking side.

Glasgow born McGeady has played 107 times for Celtic and scored 21 goals and has represented Ireland on 17 occasions with no goals. He stands 5’10” tall and turns 22 in April.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

21 comments so far

  • AdamCF

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m guessing he’ll be a replacement for N’Zogbia, so as long as it’s not an overall nett loss then all-in-all not a bad move.

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    AdamCF – that’s a good point – but hope Charles stays.

  • KevinHann

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Didn’t Aiden give two assists in this game? How is that poor display against Barcelona???

  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #4


  • KevinHann

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    The Hoops showed a determination to resist being swamped and, once more, surged into the lead, with McGeady the orchestrator.

    The Republic of Ireland international cut inside and his cross found Robson, with the midfielder timing his run perfectly into the danger zone to head over the exposed Victor Valdes.

    With McGeady dangerous, it was a rather wasteful Barcelona who trooped off at the break…

    This is BBC comments, you know?

  • Ian

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #6

    If Charles stays or not I think he is a good purchase, Duff plays better in my opinion down the right even though he is usually on the left, so if Charles leaves we have two for the left Duff and McGeady, if Charles stays we also have two for the right Milner and Duff, a sensible buy.

  • Astidores Sanchez Blanco

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    How can you claim McGeady had no impact against Barca? He looked quality and set up Robson’s goal with a fantastic cross.

  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s after growing up a lot in the last season, 2 seasons ago he used never really look up, he’d cross too late, now though he’s looking up when he goes with the ball, looks up early, he’s very good at whipping in the ball, and not to mention that he can fly up and down the wings. He’s really, REALLY improved in the last season or so for Celtic and he’s one of many talented young Irish players. He’d be a good buy.

  • hanzemre

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #9

    fetch him sign the dotted line fast… am like his flair football with accurate crosses & assists.

  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Yet more press speculation – you have to laugh really.

    Where is one shred of proof that Kev or anyone else from Newcastle want’s this lad, or Wes Brown, or anyone else for that matter?!?!?!

  • iain

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    12m you could get a lot of better foriegn players for that sort of money imo.

    mgeady is ok and has a lot of potential but i cant say im 100% convinced hes as great as some pundits reckon he is.

    he drifts in and out of games and whilst looking dangerous at times he seems a bit wasteful in possesion.

  • Leo*

    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    funny how people on hear say one thing, then next week its in the papers :-/

  • AlexW

    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #13

    at least its a realistic target for once….

  • Gordon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #14

    be nice to at least see a response from Ed to admit he was talking bollox about the Barcelona match

    Never assume your facts Ed… really bad journalism.

  • toon4lyf

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #15

    mcgeady will be a great player who wud really suit us …he is very skillfull,quik and a great crosseerr a wud love it if we got him

  • Whitt

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #16

    i watched the Celtic vs. Barcelona game and was impressed w/ McGeady…again. this kid really does have blistering pace and would be a great option if we could get him.

  • Gooderz

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #17

    He’s very quick, has a lot of skill and can use either foot comfortably and hasn’t even turned 22 yet.

    If we can get him in with the type of quality we are after he could develop and be an Irish Joe Cole for us. Meanwhile McGeady would still add the qualites we lack since losing the likes of Dyer and Solano who were never really replaced by Allardyce.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #18

    If we could only get 5 players id go for:

    LB: Bridge
    CB: Rusol
    CDM: Song
    ST: Chermiti

  • Mark

    Feb 24, 2008 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Spend money on him and Nakamura! That’ll make us not ever talk about Ginola and Keith Gillespe.

  • magpie malaysia

    Feb 24, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    zogbia to stay…don be stupid..juz coz the price is 12 m..den u all wan him to be a awake..a player which cost highly doesnt means dey are good..n we got left winger of duff n McGeady if zogbia really wants to leave..

  • Ross

    Feb 24, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #21

    sad thing is its not a realistic target.
    he’s playing at spl champions, getting cl football and performing in both competitions.
    why would anyone, come to newcastle just now.
    i really dont think we could sign a decent player atm, at all.


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