Aiden McGeady warned on Moscow move
Giovanni Trapattoni has warned Aiden McGeady of the perils of moving to Russia as the Republic of Ireland winger considers a move to Spartak Moscow, saying he would like to speak to the Celtic man before he makes any decisions.
McGeady has arrived back in Glasgow having visited the Russian capital, as Spartak attempt to pull off a major coup by snapping up the 24-year-old in a deal reported to be worth around £9 million.
He is expected to make a decision before the weekend, but Trapattoni has urged McGeady to tread carefully as he considers the move abroad.
“I am happy for him for this opportunity, but I wish to speak with him and clarify his position and speak with him about my experience,” said the Republic of Ireland manager.
“I think Russia is too far and the Championship is not easy.
“I wish to ask him if he is ready psychologically, because McGeady is a very sensitive man and he is very young.”
When asked if he believed the Scottish-born winger would be better off staying in Scotland, Trapattoni replied; “Yes, Scotland or England or even another European team.
“For example, Bayern Munich and other teams have asked me about him and I think now I will not say ‘don't go' but I would like him to say ‘I have decided to go'.
“If he's convinced, OK. But I have seen it in Portugal, for example, where players go far away and they get homesick.”
Conversely, however, Trapattoni has welcomed the news that Cillian Sheridan is close to a move to Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia, saying he believes the Celtic striker will benefit from the experience moving abroad.
“For him it is a great opportunity because football in other countries, it's different,” he said.
“Maybe he will become physically strong and also mentally because every country has different mentalities.”
The Italian also insisted that any move to Eastern Europe, be it McGeady or Sheridan, would not affect their opportunities in his Ireland squad.
Indeed, he thinks some experience abroad might actually have a positive effect.
“They (Sheridan and McGeady) have only lived in (the UK and Ireland),” he said. “When it changes it is very difficult for some players.
“We will follow them, it won't affect their place in the team.
“For example many years ago I had (Liam) Brady, he played in another country.
“Let's not forget at that time it was one of the strongest national teams and they had a strong mentality.
“It's missing a little bit of experience, I have been saying since I have come to Ireland, we make some naive mistakes.
“It's missing only a bit of international experience.”
Meanwhile Bhoys defender Jos Hooiveld has assured fans the new-look team will continue to improve once they get to know each other.
Celtic fell at the first hurdle in the Champions League as a 2-1 victory over Sporting Braga on Wednesday night failed to stop them dropping into the Europa League play-offs.
“I think we can only improve,” the 27-year-old said.
“With every game you can see improvement.
“The first game against Philadelphia was far below Celtic's standards. Slowly but surely we are building up the Celtic standards.”