Paddy McCourt or Aiden McGeady?
It’s the question and debate that can never be answered.
One of them made their debut at 17, won league and cup medals, starred in the Champions League and was sold for a £9.5m profit.
The other is starting his third season at Celtic, has yet to play a full 90 minutes, arrived for an undisclosed fee and was interesting Blackpool before signing a new Celtic contract.
It should be an open and shut case but clearly isn’t.
According to Roddy Collins, who managed McCourt at Shamrock Rovers, the comparison is a non-contest.
Collins claimed: “McGeady’s a good player and a good lad but his talent isn’t even 20 per cent of Paddy’s natural ability.
“He might come inside and score a wonder goal once a season. Paddy will do it in every game. If you want someone in the final third to create havoc, Paddy’s your man.”
In an era of super athletes, physical giants and marathon runners McCourt is a thrown back to a previous era when it was all about ability rather than agility.
His lack of first team action adds to the legend that is Paddy McCourt. In a 13 minute appearance against Hearts last Saturday it took him five minutes to get a kick of the ball but all week supporters have been drooling over another magical goal- his first at Celtic Park.
The McCourt fella arrived in Glasgow 27 months ago as a low key signing with Gordon Strachan noticeably absent from the introduction press conference.
You Tube guru’s and supporters dotted around Ireland knew who Celtic had signed but questioned whether his wizardry could be translated into the SPL from the League of Ireland.
Out of nowhere appeared the not so shy and retiring Roddy Collins to tell the world that the new bhoy was better than McGeady- the player who had just inspired Celtic to a final day title triumph over Rangers.
Surely not Roddy?
Cameo appearance by cameo appearance the legend of McCourt has grown. It started on Celtic TV as he put popped up with a solo effort to win the monthly goal of the month award with word starting to spread.
Back to back first team goals for Tony Mowbray at Falkirk and St Mirren a year ago put down a marker of someone that bit different but genius couldn’t be delivered on a regular basis.
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