AIDEN McGEADY has revealed he would love to end his playing career with a return to Celtic.
However, the 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international, now with Sunderland, admitted his dream is unlikely to come true.
McGeady, who kicked off his career at the Hoops in 2004, quit the club in a £9.5million deal for Spartak Moscow six years later.
He spent four seasons with the Russian cracks before agreeing a switch to Everton. He also spent loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Preston before joining the Wearside outfit last year.
The skilful attacker was born and brought up in Scotland, but chose to play for Martin O’Neill’s team through his Irish grandparents. He is currently planning on returning across the border where he has a house being built on the outskirts of Glasgow.
McGeady admitted: “I would be happy to finish my career in a Celtic shirt, but I don’t think it will happen.
“I have not seriously thought about a coaching career, but a couple of years ago I would have flatly rejected the idea of becoming a coach.
“But the older I get, the more I play and watch football, the more often I think about it.
“My attention is drawn now to certain coaching decisions and I think that perhaps in some situations I would have acted differently.”
Ronny Deila was linked with McGeady when he dropped out of Roberto Martinez’s plans at the Goodison outfit, but didn’t follow up the initial interest.
The player was involved when Spartak Moscow met the Hoops in the Champions League group stages in 2012/13 where Neil Lennon’s side won both ties, 3-2 away and 2-1 in Glasgow.