FORMER Celtic prospect Dylan McGeouch is back in football after an exile of six months.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who was released by Aberdeen at the end of the season, has agreed a short-term deal with English third-tier outfit Forest Green Rovers.

McGeouch was pitched in for a quickfire debut in his new club’s Football League Trophy clash with Cheltenham which they lost 4-3 on penalty-kicks after the game had been tied 1-1 after extra-time.

The player, who enjoyed his best spell at Hibs when Neil Lennon was the Easter Road club’s boss, lasted until 59 minutes before being substituted.

ON THE RUN…Celtic skipper Scott Brown races away from Hibs’ Dylan McGeouch in a 2-2 draw at Easter Road in December 2017. Both had a brief spell as team-mates at Aberdeen last season.

This is McGeouch’s second spell across the border after being signed by Jack Ross for Sunderland during the club’s first season in League One in 2018. After just 30 league appearances in 18 months at the Wearsiders, the ball-playing middle-of-the-park operator moved to Pittodrie.

However, Dons gaffer Jim Goodwin decided against offering him a contract renewal and he has been without a club since then although he had a training stint at League Two club Mansfield in the summer.

McGeouch was tipped for the top when he made his first appearance for Celtic as an 18-year-old wonder Bhoy in November 2011, but it just didn’t happen for the youngster at Parkhead.

After leaving the north-east outfit, the player insisted he would not rush into signing for anyone and had been training alongside one-time Hoops favourite Leigh Griffiths at Livingston, as CQN reported last month.

McGeouch, speaking to the Sunderland Echo, said: “I’m really happy to join FGR and I’m excited to get going. Hopefully, I can help the team win more games and climb the table.”

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