Lennon braced for McGeady departure

Lennon has spoken to McGeady since his visit to Moscow and believes

the trip has sold the midfielder on the £9.5million move.

Celtic lost their final pre-season game 2-1 at home to Blackburn

without McGeady being involved on Sunday and Lennon, who claims he

will receive “all the money” from any sale, believes the transfer

could be sealed within 48 hours. He said: “He was in yesterday and

more or less said his goodbyes really so we’ll see how that

develops over the next one or two days. I would probably think it

will be Moscow. “He’s going to go to Moscow in the next few days

and get the deal finalised and that will be a relief in terms of

putting the deal to bed because the sooner it’s done the better.

I’ll get all the money. “I won’t be relieved at Aiden going because

I’ll be losing my best player and nobody wants to do that, but we

feel it’s good money for a top player. “Having spoken to him

yesterday he seemed a lot more settled. He said he liked what he

saw. I’d like to think the way he was talking, this is the club he

will go to unless something happens last minute.” It is understood

McGeady would prefer to move to the Premier League and he has been

linked with Aston Villa, managed by his former Celtic boss Martin

O’Neill, but Lennon doubts there will be a twist in the tale. He

added: “From what I gather it should get done over the next couple

of days. “It’s not England, but you can’t always get what you want

in football. He’s going to a big club with a decent pedigree and it

might develop him further. All we can do is wish him the best.”