Spartak seal McGeady signing
Aiden McGeady has joined Spartak Moscow from Celtic on a four-year contract, the Scottish club have confirmed. The Republic of Ireland international had been linked with a move to England, but will now head to Russia in a deal believed to be close to £10million.
McGeady told Celtic's official website: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Celtic Football Club for making my time here so enjoyable and memorable. The Celtic fans are second to none and it is a fantastic club to play for."
He added: "Celtic is the team I have supported my whole life and will miss so many things, however I am looking forward to the challenge of playing for Spartak Moscow. I wish the current players and management all the very best for the season ahead and I will be back whenever I can to cheer the team on."
While no fee has been mentioned, it has been widely reported that Celtic will receive £9.5million for a player who came through their youth system. Hoops boss Neil Lennon commented: "I would like to wish Aiden all the best with his move to Spartak Moscow.
"It is obviously a disappointment to lose a player with Aiden's talent. However, it was his desire to try and further his career in pastures new and I respect his decision. Spartak Moscow are a good club and I am sure Aiden will do very well there. I would like to wish Aiden and his family the very best of luck for the future."
McGeady, 24, made his Celtic debut in April 2004 when he scored in the 1-1 draw against Hearts at Tynecastle. He went on to make 252 appearances for the Hoops, scoring 37 goals.
He won three SPL league titles with the club, as well as two Scottish Cups and two League Cups, including the 2008/09 League Cup when he scored in the 2-0 victory over Rangers at Hampden. He has also won 28 caps for the Republic of Ireland.