FORMER Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady has been dropped from Spartak Moscow’s first team for an unspecified period for failing to heed instructions, coach Valery Karpin announced last night.
“Yes, McGeady was suspended from training with the first team for not complying with my instructions in training and matches,” Karpin told reporters. “The rest is our internal affair.”
Local media said that Glasgow-born McGeady, capped 63 times by the Republic of Ireland, has been criticised by Karpin for poor form and his performance in Spartak’s 1-0 loss to city rivals CSKA last Saturday.
Several Russian newspapers reported that the 27-year-old winger would be allowed to play only in Spartak’s reserve team and would leave the club in January.
“All of us were surprised to see the Irishman on the field and asked him what happened,” a reserve team’s player told Izvestya newspaper after yesterday’s training session.
McGeady joined Spartak from Celtic in 2010 on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a reported fee of around £9.5 million.
Last year he indicated that he did not want to remain in Russia beyond the end of his contract in 2014.
Spartak, who are third in the standings with 33 points from 17 matches, three points behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg, take on Volga tomorrow.