Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

McGeady needs more protection, claims Mowbray

Aiden McGeady

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray claims Aiden McGeady is not getting the protection from referees he deserves — but insists he does not want to be accused of “moaning or whingeing” about it.

The Republic of Ireland player has been in impressive form for the Hoops in recent weeks, although another eye-catching performance against Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday was not enough to prevent the visitors losing 2-1, leaving them four points behind Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

“It was a very special performance from Aiden — exceptional,” Mowbray said.

“He was great on the ball, showed great feet and and was unbelievably direct at times.

“Aiden created most of our chances with his individual skills but I don't think he is getting the protection his talent deserves.

“The number of fouls committed on Aiden against Hearts was really too many.

“I don't want to come out in an open press conference and say this because I will be accused of moaning or whingeing but I feel the officials need to protect the talented footballers because that's what the game needs.

“We are striving for talented, clever players. That's why people watch football and, if the players aren't being allowed to do that, then the game is in danger.”

The Hoops take on Hamilton on Boxing Day, then travel to Kilmarnock before the Old Firm derby at Parkhead.

“The opportunities are there over the next three games to try and improve our current situation,” added Mowbray.