Spartak Moscow's Aiden McGeady proud at Celtic's progress since his departure
Spartak Moscow's Aiden McGeady is proud about how Celtic have profited from the £9m transfer fee they received for him.
Last Updated: 02/10/12 11:04am
The Parkhead club sold the popular Irish international for a fee thought to be around £9million in 2010, with manager Neil Lennon subsequently reinvesting the money to help rebuild his squad.
In a strange twist of fate the two clubs were drawn together in Group G of the UEFA Champions League, and the 26-year-old is delighted at Celtic's success since his departure.
"I have a real sense of pride that the money Spartak paid for me helped Celtic out," he said.
"That's a nice thing to look back on as that fee has meant a lot to the club. You just have to look at the mess Rangers are in just now to appreciate that. The money Celtic got has obviously gone a long way to helping stabilise the club.
"It's funny that Lenny said he went out and bought a lot of players on the back of me leaving but that does makes me pretty proud.
"Right now Celtic are a good team with a lot of good young players. They generally go out and buy young players with the aim of selling them on for a greater price.
"I'm glad I kind of became the first one Neil Lennon did that with."
However Spartak's position at the bottom of their group, following their 3-2 defeat by Barcelona, means that McGeady will put friendship firmly to one side in the Luzhniki Stadium.
"I'll be playing against people who are my friends but I need to forget that," he said.
"I've always tried to do my best. Now I am a Spartak player, I will be doing everything I can to help us win."