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Wednesday 13 December 2017

McGeady ready to Czech-in after Spartak runout

AIDEN McGEADY has given Giovanni Trapattoni a boost ahead of next week's international against the Czech Republic by coming through his latest test with Spartak Moscow.

McGeady had been an injury concern after he picked up a shin complaint during a pre-season club training camp in Spain and he was out of action for a week, but he started in midfield last night as Spartak played Norwegian side Molde in a pre-season friendly. Spartak lost 3-0, but McGeady played for 60 minutes.

Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman maintained his build-up to the Czech game by playing for Everton's reserves in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool yesterday.

HIBERNIAN manager Pat Fenlon has challenged his players to build on the improvement they showed before Sunday's thrashing by Celtic and not be derailed by that 5-0 defeat at Easter Road.

Hibs kept consecutive clean sheets against Kilmarnock and Aberdeen before being torn apart by Neil Lennon's side at home, and they travel to Motherwell tonight seeking redemption.

Fenlon's men will be looking to stay ahead of bottom club Dunfermline, who take on Celtic at the same time. Goal difference separates the sides.

"We gave away soft goals and didn't defend properly and came up against a team that are on fire," Fenlon said. "There is no point dwelling on that. We are 49 points behind Celtic and we have to address that in the long term."

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