McGeady has three years of his contract to run at Celtic Park
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has reiterated his admiration for Celtic's Aiden McGeady, while carefully refusing to be drawn on his signing plans.
"I think Aiden McGeady has the ability to play in the Premier League, without question," said O'Neill.
"I had him as a kid at Celtic and played him without worrying too much about his youth.
"He played against AC Milan one night in the Champions League at Celtic Park and he was absolutely fantastic."
O'Neill was speaking in Dublin, where Villa will be based for a four-day training camp.
And he was quizzed about speculation linking him to the Republic of Ireland international trio of McGeady, Robbie Keane and Stephen Ireland.
"We have been linked with an awful lot of players and I would expect that because we are a top quality Premier League side," added O'Neill, who has admitted he is prepared to sell England midfielder James Milner.
"There's no point in me mentioning names but, without wanting to lose players of the calibre of Milner, we would want to try to recruit some players.
"But, as the chairman said at the back end of last season, it's probably going to be a case of having to sell to buy and that's something I'm delving into at the moment."
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