Dick Advocaat hails Aiden McGeady

Dick Advocaat says former Celtic star Aiden McGeady has surprised him by settling so quickly into Russian club football – even if he is determined the Republic of Ireland winger will not be given the chance to show that form tonight.

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Advocaat’s Russia are the visitors to the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with hosts Ireland sitting on top of Group B after wins over Armenia and Andorra, and tonight’s opponents will certainly be familiar to McGeady, who in August left Parkhead to join Spartak Moscow.

Advocaat said: “I know him from Celtic and there he was already a great talent.

“But I was quite surprised he has done so well. He has adjusted so quickly. He has only been there for two months and, if you go abroad, the majority of players need more time to feel comfortable.

“But from the beginning he was the key player of their team.”

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