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Sunday 17 December 2017

Sacking shocked McGeady

AIDEN McGeady has spoken out about Celtic's humiliating defeat against St Mirren which led to the sacking of Tony Mowbray.

The 4-0 defeat was Celtic's biggest domestic loss in a decade and had the historians and statisticians digging out the record books.

Within twenty-four hours of the final whistle Tony Mowbray and his management team of Peter Grant and Mark Venus were removed with Neil Lennon being put in temporary charge of the team.

Lennon took charge for the first time against Kilmarnock today but the pain of losing so heavily to relegation threatened St Mirren will haunt McGeady for years to come.

“I was embarrassed,” he admitted. “It was shocking. It's up there with the Inverness Caley Thistle result that ended the John Barnes era, it'll go down in history because the manager left the next day as well.

“When you are trying to claw back Rangers lead in the SPL and lose four goals to St Mirren without reply it's unacceptable.

“That defeat was up there with Artmedia Bratislava (who beat Celtic 5-0 in Gordon Strachan's first match in charge) although that was slightly different because it was a European team.

“We lost five goals to them and without disrespecting St Mirren they are a side that we should be beating. It's unheard of for a Celtic team to lose 4-0 to St Mirren.”

Despite the clamour to remove Mowbray after the game it was business as usual for the Celtic players the following day – almost.

Some home truths were exchanged at a meeting with the players on Thursday morning before the decision to sack Mowbray was made.

McGeady told Celtic's channel 67 service: “The decision on Thursday was a big shock to me.

At training on Thursday after the St Mirren game we had a meeting and spoke about what's been going wrong, everyone had a voice and a lot of things were said.

“We took from that that the manager was going to be here till the end of the season and we were determined to go on and win the Scottish Cup. Then when I got home I heard that he www.herald.ie had left which was surprising.”

Lennon is the fourth Celtic manager that McGeady has played under but the first that he has also played alongside.

Like fellow redhead Strachan, Lennon is a straight talker on the pitch and training ground with McGeady already enjoying the new outlook that the former Northern Ireland midfielder has brought to the club.

He added: “I've always got on quite well with Lenny, he doesn't hold back and speaks his mind which is good.

“Friday was a difficult day for us but Lenny has put his own stamp on things. He's brought back the 'old v young game' in training and the yellow jersey for the worst player to wear in training the next week.

“When he came back two years ago we went on a winning run to take the league on the last day so he knows what it's all about.

“He's been with the reserves this season, he's a familiar face about the club, he's been at every game and been involved in the dressing room as well.”

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