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Celtic's Aiden McGeady returns from Spartak talks

Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady
McGeady was in Moscow for signing talks with Spartak over a 9.5m move

Celtic winger Aiden McGeady is returning to Scotland after talks with Russian club Spartak Moscow.

He is considering a move to the Russian Premier League side after Celtic accepted a bid of about £9.5m.

BBC Scotland has learned the Republic of Ireland international will make a decision on his future soon.

McGeady, 24, was absent from Wednesday's Champions League qualifier second leg against Braga in Glasgow, which Celtic lost 4-2 on aggregate.

Manager Neil Lennon said on Tuesday that he hoped McGeady's future would be resolved quickly, so that he can progress the rebuilding of his squad.

"This has dragged on a bit longer than what we wanted," said Lennon.

"I'd like to think that we would get a definitive idea after this. What comes in goes back out on the football side of things, that's been made clear."

The Republic of Ireland winger signed a five-year deal in 2008 and did not feature in the first leg of Celtic's Champions League qualifier, possibly because participation would have ruled him out of any forthcoming European ties.

Lennon is keen to strengthen his squad before the start of the Scottish Premier League season and plans to use some of the funds generated by McGeady's sale.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon
It's up to me whether I want to spend that amount or not

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

"It's up to me whether I want to spend that amount or not," he added.

"I think we need a couple of areas to improve the squad but I don't think it will take all that money to do that."

The winger has been struggling with injuries in pre-season but featured in the 2-2 draw against Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

Lennon has praised McGeady for his displays for Celtic and said he would grace any league in the world.

"He's in a difficult situation at the minute and I've been there myself towards the end of my time at Leicester and the interest from Celtic," Lennon added.

"Your head's all over the place and I think he's in that place at the minute."

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