Aiden McGeady has played down talk this week about the hostility he could face on Friday while playing for the Republic of Ireland against Scotland and said booing is just a part of football.
A lot of the build-up to the Euro 2016 qualifier between the two side has focused on the two Scottish-born players in the squad, McGeady and James McCarthy.
The controversy was triggered by comments from ex-Scotland player Gordon McQueen, who said he hoped the pair got a “horrible reception” from the Scotland crowd.
With McCarthy now ruled out through injury it places even more focus on McGeady, but he isn’t letting it affect him.
“Celtic Park is where I grew up playing, I played the majority of my career there,” he told FAI TV. “It’s a place I’ve got a big emotional bond with, I love playing there and hopefully I can carry that on on Friday.”
He continued: “When I was at Sparta I played Celtic in the Champions League so I know what it’s like to be on the away team in Celtic Park.”
“It will be good going back,” the player insisted. “And hopefully playing for Ireland against Scotland there should be a great atmosphere.”
McGeady acknowledged the furore in the media in recent days.
“I know you’ve got all the other things, the other side of it, people coming out in the press and saying their bit on myself and James getting booed or whatever,” he said. “That’s part and parcel of football, it’s what’s going to happen.”
“All I can do is go to the game and try and play the best I can and try to help the team get a positive result. At the end of the day it’s another game of football.”
“Two good teams, probably quite similar in terms of progression and development, it should be interesting.”