Aiden McGeady Bust Up With Strachan at Celtic

There is news today that Celtic winger Aiden McGeady has been involved in a major bust-up with club manager Gordon Strachan over the weekend.

Aiden Mcgeady – bust up with Gordon Strachan?

Reports this morning suggest that promising Celtic winger McGeady had been involved in a heated dressing room argument with Celtic manager Gordon Strachan after Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 home draw with Heart of Midlothian.

Kevein Keegan was reported interested in the Irish International winger, and watched him several times, and he could still be on Newcastle’s radar screen.

McGeady’s agent (Holbrook) however, has denied there is any truth in the reports, and told BBC Sport today:

“I’m very close with Aiden and his father,”

“And, believe me, if there had been any major incident over the weekend, I would know about it.”

“Neither Aiden, or his dad, have been in contact.”

McGeady has had some injuries this season and he has been frustrated at being left out of the Celtic side by manager Strachan too often recently.

If he is available, don’t be surprised if Newcastle are still interested, but they will not be paying any silly money for the player, and he would need to want to play for Newcastle United.

The 22 year-old is a good player and of course a team mate of Given and Duff in the Ireland team, even though he was born (April of 1986) and raised in Glasgow, Scotland .

He qualifies for Ireland because of his grandmother’s country of birth, and can play on either the left or right wing.

And we still haven’t replaced James Milner, since he went to Aston Villa, and this boy is exactly what we need.

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • Daniel

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I can’t see why we’d need another rm/lm. Jonas isn’t injury prone, we have Duff + N’Zogbia. If we were to get one, to me it should be a promising youngster rather than a 10m talent who’d want first team footy.

  • Xisco Is A Pirate

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Daniel – agreed. We should work on sorting out another cm or maybe an extra full back so enrique and beye have some cover.

  • HeronMag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Daniel – he’s only 22 mate. I would let Duff go as part of a cash+player deal.

  • Keith

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Good player but not the finished article and we would pay over the odds to get him so i would say it be a no go,

  • Daniel

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Heron, so who would you play, Mcgeady or Jonas? Which is better? Or would you play Mcgeady ahead of our excellent young LM N’Zogbia?

    It just seems an expensive spend that we probably can’t afford right now, and would be more improving if we brought in a cm.

  • geordie jock

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Not good enough for the toon . I see him regular as i live in scotland and he is very overated.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Good point about Duff. He’s good a good head on his shoulders, but how many decent seasons left?

  • dan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Very good player, should try to sign him anyway, he can cut inside and play through the middle as well. Would create and score goals.
    Theres never a bad time to sign a good player.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Not a great article this one Ed. Why would we want to bring in Mcgeady? This is pure press speculation which does nothing but present the oppurtunity to question the good players we have at newcastle in this position already. We have jonas & charlie who are fantastic players in my opinion. Both would look like world beaters in scotland. Then as back up we have duff, martins whom could operate on the flank and Geremi who can play wide right.

    How much would this lad cost? 7-8 million? For a player who not many people whom have commented believe would warrant a starting position? This kind of money needs to be used to strengthen central midfield and another left back to compete with jose (and to bring in another striker if MO will not re-sign)

  • james

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #11

    if he is going i can’t see him going to newcastle. would be a step backwards for the boy, if a move to germany is on he should take that route.
    bids from 11 to 15 mil reported, would or could newcastle pay that? FREE THE OWEN ONE

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    No good enough.

    Complete one trick pony.

    Even doesn’t impress enough in a poor SPL.

  • HeronMag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Daniel, comment 6 – I agree that we have bigger priorities right now – mainly in central midfield and left back. If Celtic wanted a lot of cash for him I wouldn’t bother.

    To be honest I wouldn’t start him ahead of either Zog or Jonas now, but he’s got a lot of potential and just the type of squad player we would need if we want to progress. Duff only has 2-3 years left in him (if that).

  • Tore Torell

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #14

    How about a swap with Duff? He’s way past it, and McGeady is a promising player.

    I’d offer 1m + Duff for him, a nice deal for both players.

  • James

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Veltic fan ans dont want to see him leave for another couple of years. He would have gone for serious money in a few years but given the crash coming given the EPL deal is needing renewed in 18 months the next year might be the last of the funny money transfers. That said it could be the time to cash in . As for is he good enough I believe so and the anyone would look great in the SPL does not come into question on this point. He has shown his ability at CL level against top quality sides.
    I hope he doesnt leave but who ever gets him will have a fantastic player that given his age will only get better. I think he is at least 4 years away from his best.

  • fostino

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    i dont rate the lad much, seen him play a few times for the republic and he’s nothing special……next please, there’s no way newcastle wont spend over 5 million for him.

  • James

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    You wont get a sniff at him for 5mill right now.

  • Toon Olly

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #18

    ive only seen him play a couple times but both times hes been a complete danger man, everytime he gets the ball he looks dangerous, would love to sign this guy, although bayern munich are leading the race to get him at the moment so what does that tell all of you who reckon he’s unfit for the toon?
    only problem is we need to be giving jonas and zog regular first team footy to start creating that much needed chemistry and stability in the side, mcgeadys far too good as a back up, and jonas shouldnt loose his place.
    invest the money in an am!!!

  • fostino

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    even id look good if i was playing for celtic against teams like dundee united….no offence like!!

  • seetow

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #20

    but if jonas gets injured we’d haev no one to play. and jonas could always play hte creative central midfield player that we have always craved to fit in mcgeady.

    all this talk is useless anyway do you really think mike cashley will stump up the cash?

  • chuck

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    One trick pony is it ?
    For someone who thinks he is the last word in evaluating talent(naming some of the most obscure players at unheard of clubs) to say that McGeady is a one trick pony finally makes it obvious you havent a clue and what does that worn expression mean exactly ?
    Not saying we need him, we have good wingers and he would`nt come cheap.
    But your earlier evaluation of O`Shea and now McGeady as poor players says more about you than the players themselves.

  • lesh

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Bettter tap/ snap him up before the big guns get him!

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #23

    its impossible to tell cos at the end of the day he is playing in the scottish prem which is basically not good enough to tell how good a player really is – boumsong anyone!!!! i would rather invest in a serious central playmaker of proven quality along with a lb and re-sign the current four esp owen. i think that we should negotiate with viduka now and let him go to get him off our wage bill. he is finished anyway!!

  • HeronMag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m just glad for once we’re being linked to British talent (Baines, McGeady) instead of constantly looking abroad.

  • xiscore

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #25

    would he fit in our system?
    Yes,Mcgeady does fit.his pedigree as a player does give Newcastle another dimension on the feild same as Valencia of Wigan both can dribble cross excellently thus give the option of the long ball from the wings something the team lacks at the moment with exception of Geremi: highlighted in his assist ratio to other team members.

  • azim

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #26

    overweight this player

  • xiscore

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #27

    He presents a solution to absence of Duff and Zog by playing Jonas in his favorite position thats the left and Mcgready on the right: which best explains the ongoing rumors of us being linked to players like Pennat of Liverpool
    Larson of Birmingham and
    Valencia of Wigan

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Beye, Colo, Bassong, Baines

    McGeady Jonas Barton Zoggy

    Owen Martins

    sub: Viduka, Duff, Gutherie, Taylor, Ranger…

    suit us dear sirs..suit us!!!

  • HeronMag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Dennis Twice – lovely idea but Jonas looked like a fish out of water in central midfield against Wigan.

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #30


    Taylor, Colo, Bassong

    McGeady, Jonas, Barton, Zoggy


    Viduka Martins

  • fostino

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #31

    re: dennis twice

    were not going to ever play three at the back mate, nd uve just axed de tremendous beye………and jonas is a winger, not a CM, and he does a cracking job on the wing!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Dennis Twice:

    That team would get run over week-in week-out in the PL. You can’t just throw as many fun attacking players on the pitch as possible – we need balance too!

  • Daniel

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #33

    I’d much rather have Valencia, hes sheer class and would potentially be available in the same price bracket is mcgeady (maybe a few m more?).

  • chuck

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Would`nt say McGeady was an out and out winger, though he often plays there.
    He can also cover the inside attacking/playmaker role, has good pace and is able to take on defenders, also gets his share of goals.
    Not a bad player, but If we are going to spend money lets go for a good DM .

  • reillers

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #35

    McGeady is only a wee lad. He’s gets an earful from some of the crowds he plays again and he deals with it.
    He improved tenfold last season, he improved so much. IN ONE SEASON.
    He’s so much potential. He can give proper ball, he can run threw and around players with ease. He’s just a natural player. And he’s such a threat. Last season he was double marked for nearly the entire of last season, because he was that much of a threat. Not only in the SPL but Barca doubble marked him. That is the biggest compliment of all.

    If we get the chance to sign him we should.

  • Johnny Cosgrove

    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #36

    What are some of you muppets waffling about? “Not good enough”??…this is a kid who manure chased rellentlessly to try and sign as a kid , who burst on to the scene at 17 and who at 18 ran rings round Maldini, Nesta and a certain Fabrizio Collocini in the champions league. He’s got 4 seasons experience of the champions league and who last year won the player of the year in Scotland, his form only dipping this year through a stop start injury plagued first few months. The kid’s been in a comfort zone up in Scotland just think what he’ll be like when he’s being stretched and tested each week against the best players rather than 6 times a season as he is now up there. If we spend 10m on this kid by the time he reaches his peek at 26 or 27 he’ll be worth at least double that.

    Someone said Duff plus 1m,….personally i’d be embarrassed to pick up a phone and make that offer as it would be met with predictable howls of laughter and derision. This is the kind of talent we need to be signing to get to where we want to be so show a bit of ambition Cashley and get him signed.

  • LooneyToon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Agree with a few comments above….not really required however I do think he has a bit of talent….

    other positions are much more of a priority imo

  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #38

    A bust-up is the media’s way to describe a disagreement. If I’m thinking of eating Chinese food and you are thinking of eating Italian, then we have a bust-up. McGeady isn’t going anywhere for a cut-price.

  • james

    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #39

    i think the newcastle fans need to check out a few clips of aiden on youtube, then come back and tell me what you think of the boy. FREE THE OWEN ONE


    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #40

    He would fit in no problem,seen him playing for Ireland and he has a class touch and can do something that Milner couldn`t do at the same age is cross the ball well.

    Many players look a little off in the SPL as the challenge isn`t there but if he came to us i`m sure he would be an “Irish Ronaldo” ha ha ha
    Now that would be nice for Ireland and NUFC


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