Celtic winger and Irish international Aiden McGeady is a footballer reborn under new manager Tony Mowbray.
After a tumultuous season last year when he clashed with former manager Gordon Strachan, the 23-year old Bhoys star has finally admitted that the two had a difficult relationship.
"When you get a new manager it's always going to be a new start,'' McGeady told ESPN. "After what happened between me and the old gaffer, I'm glad to have a new start”.
The young Irishman and Strachan fell out several times last year. After a glorious season in 2008, when McGeady picked up Scottish Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year and played an integral part in the team’s come from behind title win, McGeady was made an outcast the following year as the relationship between manager and player disintegrated.
"You can have a falling-out with a coach. It's happened to a lot of players in the past and I'm sure it'll happen in the future. But it was a real low point in my career. I just look to learn from it. In football you've got to try to take something positive from everything.''
As much as this is good news for Celtic, it is even better news for Ireland. With crucial matches against Cyprus and Italy on the horizon, the happier the Irish players are at their clubs, the better is for the Republic of Ireland.
McGeady has been impressed with the way that new manager Tony Mowbray has gone about his job thus far.
"He comes across as a good guy with good morals. The coaching staff have been great so far, and the training has been good. He gets his points across at training and all the boys have been very happy with the way things have gone.''
After a cracking weekend for the Bhoys with the Wembley Cup win, the real test beckons this Wednesday when they take on Dinamo Moscow in the third qualifying round of the Champions League at Celtic Park.
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