A former Scottish international says McGeady could be the difference this weekend

Tommy Boyd believes the Glasgow-born Ireland winger has developed into a more rounded players in recent times.

McGeady up against Scotland captain Scott Brown in November.
McGeady up against Scotland captain Scott Brown in November.
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AIDEN MCGEADY MAY have let the occasion get the better of him when Ireland last played Scotland, but a former club mate insists he has the ability to be the difference on Saturday.

The former Celtic attacker was roundly-booed for every touch on his return to Parkhead as the Boys in Green suffered a 1-0 loss seven months ago. 29-year-old McGeady has been a regular starter under Martin O’Neill, starting all five Euro 2016 qualifiers so far, and Boyd, capped 72 times for Scotland, says he wouldn’t be surprised if the Everton man popped up with the winner.

“They are evenly-matched,” said Boyd. “It could be one piece of brilliance (that proves the difference), it could be from Aiden. It could be from someone else, we’ve got guys with bundles of skills like Shaun Maloney.

There are players in both teams that could win the game in an attacking sense, but there is not much in it.”

“He was a wee bit (subdued in Glasgow).” Boyd added. “He was getting back to his homeland and getting booed every time he touched the ball. I think he’d been away from that for a while and he missed all those chants.

“But back here he will be getting the crowd behind him. We all know what Aiden’s got – an abundance of skill and ability. He is an entertainer and fans love to see that. I think he has adapted his game under Martin in terms of the way he plays.

“He has developed into an all-round and complete player. He is certainly someone who could be a major influence in the outcome of the game.”

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Originally published at 07.45

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