McGeady: we’re on an upward curve

AIDEN MCGEADY believes the Europa League win over Hapoel Tel Aviv provided more evidence that Celtic’s season is on an upward curve.

The Bhoys chalked up their first Group C win of the campaign on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Georgios Samaras and Barry Robson, although it was not enough to prevent them crashing out of the tournament with one game remaining.

After dropping out of the Champions League and the Co-operative Insurance Cup already, another early exit was not what boss Tony Mowbray needed, but it was tempered by last weekend’s return to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a convincing 3-1 home win over St Mirren.

McGeady, Celtic’s star player once again, took more encouragement from the display against the Israeli side, who will go through to the knockout stages with Hamburg.

“I don’t want to speak too soon but we are starting to get the results and starting to play better as a team,” the Republic of Ireland midfielder said.

“It could be the platform for us to kick on and go on a good run. We probably played the best football of our season against Hapoel. The first half was similar to the way we played against Aberdeen in the first SPL game of the season.

“We really need to get back to that.

“For some reason or other, we have just been lacking quality, in the final ball, passing in midfield; our all-round game has been lacking in the last couple of months. Slowly but surely we can get back to that and the last couple of games have shown that.

“We haven’t been winning many games of late, but that’s two on the bounce and hopefully we can win on Saturday against Aberdeen as well.”

McGeady played down his fine recent form, adding: “I think I have played better.

“I’m happy enough but I’m just happy that the team’s winning.

“The last few games I have played okay and have set up a few goals, but it’s not just me, I think the team as a whole have been playing well.

“You want to enjoy your football but the main thing is that we are playing a bit better than we were a few weeks ago and we are getting the results now.”


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