AIDEN MCGEADY has opened up on the infamous on-field incident in 2006. Lennon was fuming after Dunfermile pulled a goal back, halving the Hoops’ advantage.
The midfielder had a go at Artur Boruc before turning to Aiden McGeady. The winger was furious about Lennon’s reaction, leading to a couple of shoves exchanged between the pair.
When the team got back into the changing room, Celtic boss Gordon Strachan, who had never got on with the Irish winger, decided to have a go at McGeady instead of Lennon, who had initiated the scrap.
McGeady has opened up on the incident, saying; [Football Scotland]
“We were winning 2-0 and Strachan changed the shape and went to a 4-3-3 and I was (on the) right.
“Their winger has went down the line, beat Mark Wilson and crossed to the back post and the scored. 2-1.
“And Lenny starts having a go at Artur (Boruc). So he comes up to Artur and pushes him and Lenny keeps going and he’s just looking round the pitch ready to go for someone.
“He’s like ‘and where were you there?’ I was like ‘nowhere. It’s not my fault that Willo got beat. It’s not my job to tackle the winger.
“And he’s like ‘Who you talking to?’, and I was like ‘Oh shut up.’
“He’s just went for me and the two of us pushed each other. It was nothing really.”
Then, the winger gave some insight into the changing room post-match;
“In the dressing room Strachan totally backed Lenny up. Lenny was in the wrong but Strachan backed him up because he didn’t like me.
“And he was like ‘some guys at this club have been doing it for seven years, not even missing a pass.
“”And then you’ve got guys like him’, talking about me. And he’s like ‘Aiden, you might get a few girls when you go to a nightclub because you’ve got some fancy flicks.
“But just as he’s finishing having a go at me, Iain Jamieson pops his head in the door and he’s like ‘gaffer, Aiden’s man of the match.’
“And he went ‘no, he’s no getting it.’
“Darren O’Dea played that day, it was his debut. He went ‘Darren, you were man of the match, you go and get it.
“So Darren had to go and talk to Setanta and get the man of the match for me.”
The man of the match was Aiden McGeady; everyone in the stadium thought that, except Gordon Strachan.
McGeady received a few fines from Strachan before he left Celtic to head to Russia in 2010.
Still playing football at the age of 36, the winger gained promotion to the championship with Sunderland on Saturday.