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Make your mind up Aiden McGeady, raps Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon expects Aiden McGeady to make a swift decision over his prospective move to Spartak Moscow.

McGeady is due to have talks with the Russian club after Celtic accepted a substantial bid for the winger believed to be close to £10million.

Aston Villa have been linked with the Republic of Ireland international all summer but manager Martin O'Neill does not have the funds to sign his former player unless he brings transfer cash in, though should James Milner move to Manchester City, that would strengthen O’Neill’s hand.

"As far as I know he was travelling on Tuesday to speak to Moscow and have a look at the club and the surroundings and take things from there," Lennon said.

"This has dragged on a bit longer than what we wanted. I would like to think that we would get a definitive idea after this."

Lennon anticipates being allowed to re-invest all of the money received from Moscow should McGeady take up the offer.

"I would like to think we would get all of it," said the former Celtic captain, who is looking for a goalkeeper and forward player.

"What comes in goes back out on the football side of things. That's been made clear.

"It's up to me whether I want to spend that amount or not.

"I think we need a couple of areas to improve the squad but I don't think it will take all that money to do that."

McGeady's absence comes as Celtic bid to turn around a 3-0 deficit against Braga in the Champions League qualifiers at Parkhead on Wednesday night but Lennon had not made plans

around the 24-year-old.

"He hasn't been played much part in pre-season," the Celtic boss said. "He didn't go to America and he only played 55 minutes in the Emirates Cup."

Even without McGeady, Lennon believes his team are capable of a comeback to prevent them having to drop into the Europa League qualifiers.

"We need to get a head of steam up and a groundswell of pressure, and the supporters will play their part as well. I'm sure they can lift the team to a good performance,” said the former Northern Ireland midfielder.

"The atmosphere should be something that Braga have maybe never experienced before."

The former Celtic skipper added: "Celtic Park, under the floodlights on a European night, will give the players a real taste of why they're here and what they can expect.

"I just want them to feed off the energy and thrive on it, and bring the house down.

"The fans are huge on these Champions League nights, they are one of the main reasons why our form has been so good over the years at home.

"They bring an energy that gives you a lift as soon as you walk out on the pitch.

“That backing just elevates your performance."

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