Whatever happened to Aiden McGeady?


Three weeks on from signing for Spartak Moscow Aiden McGeady has still to make his debut for the Russian side.

Details on Spartak on-line are sketchy and whilst the goalscoring of Morten Rasmussen and Cillian Sheridan at the weekend is easily accessed finding out what’s happening at Spartak is much more difficult.

Spartak are currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League a distant 17 points behind league leaders Zenit St Petersburg.

On Saturday Spartak lost 2-0 away to Terek Grozny with McGeady again absent from the 18 players listed by coach Valery Karpin.

Although Ireland’s upcoming internationals against Armenia and Andorra aren’t the most demanding of the campaign McGeady’s lack of match practise will be a concern for Giovanni Trapatonni.

With the revolving door at Lennoxtown picking up speed by the day the task of keeping an eye out for former and loan players becomes more and more difficult.

One departure which almost escaped the radar was Ryan Conroy’s loan move to Queen of the South.

Less than 48 hours after being a substitute against FC Utrecht Conroy was picking up the man-of-the-match award on  his debut for Queen of the South with the excellent club website providing great coverage of the 5-0 win over Ross County.

The picture quality on the Queens website is an example to every team that moans and grumbles about the lack of coverage given to themselves by the national media.

Morten Rasmussen has certainly made an impact on loan at Mainz 05 with two goals in two games helping his new club to full points in their opening Bundesliga matches.

There are four other clubs sitting on six points with Mainz coming from three down at Wolfsburg on Saturday to win 4-3. Next up for Ras is a home match with Kaiserlatern who are also on full points after two matches.

Over in Bulgaria Cillian Sheridan scored his first goal for CSKA Sofia in the 3-1 win away to Sliven in front of just 5,500 supporters.

Sheridan’s new side will be fully tested in the Europa League where they’ve been drawn against Porto, Rapid Vienna and Besiktas.

Joining Sheridan in the Irish international squad will be Darren O’Dea who helped Ipswich maintain their impressive start to the new season with a 2-0 win over Bristol City helped by some calamity goalkeeping from David James.

Lee Naylor started his first Championship game for Cardiff alongside David Marshall and Craig Bellamy as the Welsh club won 2-0 away at Portsmouth.

In League One Graham Carey was in the Huddersfield team that beat Charlton 3-1 in front of almost 14,000 supporters to take the Yorkshire side into sixth place.

Josh Thompson was an unused sub in Rochdale’s 3-1 win at Brentford after making a half hour appearance in the Carling Cup defeat at Birmingham City.

At the other end of the division Swindon are continuing to struggle, losing 2-1 at MK Dons with Paul Caddis playing the full 90 minutes alongside Scott Cuthbert with Simon Ferry an unused substitute.

Down in League Two Ben Hutchison made his second appearance for Lincoln in their 1-1 draw with Crewe which leaves Chris Sutton’s side with four points from four matches.

Back in the SPL Paul McGowan was in the St Mirren side that beat Hibs 1-0 after scoring for his new club in the Co-Operative Cup defeat at Ross County in midweek.

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