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McGeady rift divides opinion

Aiden McGeady and Gordon Strachan
McGeady and Strachan have had a strained relationship

Celtic's decision to sanction Aiden McGeady for a dressing-room outburst aimed at his manager Gordon Strachan has raised questions over the midfielder's future at the club.

McGeady's agent says he will appeal against the two weeks' wages fine and first-team ban Gordon Strachan has imposed.

However, former players of the club are split on the significance of the spat between player and manager.

MARK MCGHEE - Motherwell boss and close friend of Strachan

"I've seen these types of things happen before in a competitive environment, but I also think there's always a way back.

"I've even had a physical altercation with a manager once.

"We didn't hold it against each other and we went on to have a career together.

"I don't think it's the end of the world - these things do happen - but they have to be dealt with.


"There has to be respect, not only for the manager but for the other players as well.

"We don't always get it right. Sometimes we say the wrong things and make the wrong decisions and the players make mistakes too.

"But players just sometimes have to sit back and accept criticism - then maybe go back, see the manager and talk about it on a Monday morning - but do it in private."

TOMMY GEMMELL - European Cup-winning former Celtic defender

"There is a management team in charge - Aiden McGeady is not in charge.

"They have rules for players for on and off the park.

"It will dissuade other players from doing the same thing. Now Aiden has got to take his punishment.

"He's still a young man, so maybe it's a lesson learned for the future.

"If he has the guts and the backbone then he will take his punishment and then come back - but if he doesn't then he might have to think about moving.

"We had lots of bust-ups under big Jock Stein, but they were always seven-day wonders.

"Most of the Lisbon Lions at one time or another would have an argument with him after a game or at training. But it was always thrashed out and we moved on."

FRANK MCGARVEY - former Celtic striker

"I think it is the beginning of the end for McGeady - I don't see any way back for him now.

"The situation is even more serious than most people thought.

"There must have been some harsh, harsh words said - and if it could be rectified then it would have been rectified by now.

"It is obvious that they don't get on well and what McGeady said was probably borne out of frustration.

"There is no long-term future for him under Strachan, so the best thing Celtic can do is sell him in the January transfer window.

"There will be plenty of clubs interested in him and Celtic will get a good fee and then everyone can move on.

"In this situation, there is only going to be one winner - and that's Strachan.

"I was shocked by the news. But Strachan has to have discipline and I understand why he acted the way he did.

"If there is no discipline in the dressing-room then all the other players will think they can get away with the same thing - and that is not healthy.

"It is a big gamble, but it is a gamble that has to be taken."

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