McGeady keen to impress suitors against Faroes
Spain: The Spartak Moscow flyer is keen to impress a host of interested clubs during Friday`s World Cup qualifier.
Aiden McGeady says he will use the Republic of Ireland`s clash with the Faroe Islands to impress potential suitors as he prepares to leave Spartak Moscow.
The 27-year-old revealed that the Russian club are likely to cash in on him during the summer with his contract entering its final year and the winger is aware of the need to catch the eye of interested parties.
"I don`t want to spend another four or five years there," he said on Tuesday.
"Nothing to do with being there but, as I`ve said before, I`d like to try somewhere else. Maybe England but I’ll need to show everyone what I can do again.
"It`s not the easiest place to live. It`s ok for me, I find it ok but it can be difficult for your family and that`s obviously a big factor as well.
"It`s been an eye-opening experience. It`s been enjoyable, and it`s been good for me. I can`t say I have any regrets about it.
"I can`t say anything bad about the Russian league, the team or the way I`ve been treated. It`s been great." McGeady admitted.
He has been repeatedly linked with a move back from eastern Europe since sealing his £9.5million switch from Celtic in August 2010, with several Premier League clubs having been credited with an interest in him.
However, the former Parkhead favourite’s focus is firmly on Friday’s World Cup qualifier and he insists the Faroe Islands must not be underestimated.
“This is the main one now,” McGeady said. “We have to get three points on Friday.
“There’s no point in playing well in the two warm-up games before it and then not getting a result on Friday. That’s the one that will be remembered.
“You don’t want to disrespect the Faroes. It was a tough game when we played there, Sweden had a tough game there as well. First of all you just want to win. If you can get some goals that would be nice but first and foremost, it’s just trying to get the three points because it won’t be easy.
The Boys in Green are currently level on points with Austria and Sweden in the battle to finish second behind runaway leaders Germany and McGeady feels he and his team-mates will need to be patient against the Group C minnows if they are to prevail.
“These guys will play football and can make it very difficult for you. The first half for us away there was difficult. We played well and got some goals in the second but the pressure’s obviously going to be on us on Friday,” McGeady told reporters in Malahide.
He added: “Of course you have to be patient. You don’t want to be getting ahead of yourself after 15 minutes and the crowd expecting you to be two or three goals up. It could take until the 85th minute to get a goal — who knows?”
The Scotland-born international missed the recent qualifiers against Austria and Sweden due to injury but was immediately recalled to the side which earned a creditable draw in London last week.
McGeady will win his 60th cap on Friday should he feature and is now one of the most experienced members of Trapattoni’s youthful-looking squad. However, he feels that he’s never really certain of making the Italian’s starting line-up.
“I’ve probably never been sure that I was going to play every single game,” McGeady revealed. “We’ll see what happens.
“Obviously if I get the chance to play and the manager thinks I’m worthy of playing, that’s fine. If he chooses to play someone else, what can you do?
“The manager has made some changes himself, some players have stepped down, some players have retired. That’s what football is. The backbone of teams change from the time to time."