AIDEN McGEADY has revealed his dream return to Celtic is unlikely to be realised.
The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder is on the brink of leaving Sunderland, despite having 10 months to run on his contract.
McGeady, who quit the Hoops in a £9.5million switch to Spartak Moscow in 2010, has admitted a Parkhead comeback would be his first choice, but believed his chance had gone.
Asked about a potential move, the player who spent six years in Glasgow told GO Radio: “I don’t know, it’s a hard one.
“There’s been a little bit of talk before in January about me possibly going to Hibs with Jack Ross.
“Obviously, I’ve had a few messages about it and stuff. But, honestly, I don’t know.
“Maybe if Lenny gets in touch then I might [return], aye! But I don’t think that’s going to happen, I think that ship has sailed.
“My first choice would be Celtic, but I think that time in my career has passed, to be honest with you.
“I was 34 in April, I played in the Championship at the end of last season. It depends on how your body holds up, but at my age just now I actually feel great.
“I’ve probably lost a little bit of speed, but not to the extent where I’d say I’m slow.
“I honestly feel I could play another four or five years, but whether someone employs you for that long is a different story.”
McGeady spent the second half of last season at Charlton Athletic who were relegated to League One. Ironically, he played alongside current Neil Lennon target Alfie Doughty.
The Scots-born forward is now training with Sunderland’s Under-23s since his return and it’s clear he has no future on Wearside after ex-boss Ross brought him in from Everton.
McGeady had three years at the Merseyside outfit after they brought him back from Russia in 2014. He has also had temporary moves to Sheffield Wednesday and Preston during that time and he is now at the crossroads of a glittering career that saw him pick up 92 caps for his adopted nation.