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Fit-again Aiden is eager to play his part


Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill


Martin O'Neill

AIDEN McGeady hopes that a frustrating season at club level can finish on a high in the green jersey.

The winger started just 10 Premier League games for his club in the season just gone, as injury demoted him to the role of a passenger in the closing stages with just six appearances for the Toffees since January.

But McGeady is usually picked for his country when fit - and even when he's not fully fit, as was the case against Poland in March - and he has reassured Martin O'Neill about his readiness for duty against England and, more importantly, Scotland.

"I don't know what the manager is going to do for the Scotland game but hopefully I can play some part in it," says McGeady.

"I've been fit for kind of the last four or five weeks, I have been on the bench most games, I came on against West Ham but before that I was off for three months so I haven't played a lot of football really since January. Hopefully I can try and get on over the next couple of weeks,

"I came back for the Poland game and played about an hour. I was a bit off the pace but I just wanted to play, I'm never going to say 'no' if the manager's going to play you.

"I came off after just over an hour but then after that I had another couple of problems, a similar sort of thing, with my back and my knee. I was out for another two to three weeks and I've kind of been fit since then.

"The manager picks his team based on who we're playing against and how he things training has gone but for me it would be good to play a bit of football in the next week and hopefully be in contention for the Scotland game."