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Old Firm abuse forced me from Celtic, says Aiden McGeady

Aiden McGeady has admitted that years of abuse from the terraces and on the street contributed to his decision to finally leave Scotland and join Spartak Moscow.

The Irish international is going through the process of completing his £10 million move to the Russian giants, with visa complications delaying the formal announcement.

And the 24-year-old has admitted that his decision to play his international football for the Republic of Ireland made living a normal life in Glasgow very difficult.

“If you are not a footballer, it's a great city to live in,” he said of his hometown, “But as a footballer, it can be a nightmare.

“You are hiding your face as you go past a group of people because they will shout at you. Moscow is bigger and maybe I can disappear into it a wee bit.

He continued: “When I made my debut for Celtic there was a huge fuss made about it [declaring for Ireland].

“There are a lot of horrible places in Scotland for that type of thing: Tynecastle, Ibrox obviously is always going to be bad with the Celtic-Rangers rivalry, Motherwell, Falkirk. Some fans there hate everything Celtic stand for and everything I stand for as an Irish Catholic playing for Celtic.

“Neil Lennon said to me that I might miss the adulation Celtic players get, but I'm not so sure. My view is I need a break from it.”

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