Mowbray lauds 'magnificent' McGeady

12 February 2010 03:05
The Republic of Ireland midfielder started on the bench for last week's Active Nation Scottish Cup fifth-round win at Dunfermline but returned for Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Hearts at Parkhead.[LNB]McGeady set up Marc-Antoine Fortune for the clinching goal which took the Hoops to within eight points of Rangers at the top table - but his overall display was recognised by the Celtic boss.[LNB]"I think Aiden benefited from the rest he had the other day," Mowbray said.[LNB]"You can't keep going back to the well with Aiden.[LNB]"He has been magnificent for five months for this football club but in the last month his performance level has dipped a little bit.[LNB]"However, against Hearts, especially in the second half, he was back to the exhilarating talent that he is, getting supporters out of their seats."[LNB]The much-changed Hoops are likely to be without six players who began the season in impressive form at Pittodrie, beating Aberdeen 3-1 on the opening day.[LNB]Massimo Donati, Danny Fox and Scott McDonald have left the club while Darren O'Dea, Andreas Hinkel and Shaun Maloney are injured.[LNB]Mowbray, with tongue in cheek, said: "We got praise for the performance? I can't remember that.[LNB]"Someone will tell me exactly how much the team has changed from the opening day to the team we play against Aberdeen but it has changed a lot.[LNB]"That day Maloney was out of this world, they changed their right full-back after 20 minutes because Maloney gave him a hard time.[LNB]"But Aberdeen will be prepared for us, we are expecting a tough game but I'm sure they are also.[LNB]"We will study Aberdeen and it might be a different team which played against Hearts but we will pick a team to get a positive result."[LNB]Mowbray played down the psychological advantage of playing 24 hours ahead of Rangers, who welcome Hibernian on Sunday.[LNB]Asked if playing first could be helpful in putting pressure on their Ibrox rivals, Mowbray retorted: "Not if we don't win the game.[LNB]"We have to go and get the three points and (if we do that) Rangers have to deal with the gap that will have been closed.[LNB]"If we don't win the game, I'm sure it will give Rangers a huge lift to win their match.[LNB]"It's all about us winning games from now on in."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk