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Ex-Hibs winger Aiden McGeady hits out at former boss Lee Johnson with claims he “retired” him within the media

FORMER Hibs winger Aiden McGeady has bit again at his outdated boss Lee Johnson with claims that the supervisor had “retired” him twice within the media.

The 37-year-old joined Johnson on the Edinburgh aspect in June 2022 however spent a majority of final season nursing a knee harm in addition to hamstring points.

The ex-Republic of Eire worldwide has now discovered regular floor at Somerset Park with Ayr United in a twin function and spoke of his disappointment about final season on Saturday.

The winger has assumed a technical supervisor function on the membership, while additionally turning out for the Sincere Males of their Championship marketing campaign this season.

After his Ayr United aspect have been knocked out of the League Cup by Livingston, he stated: “Lee Johnson in all probability retired me twice within the media to be sincere.

“Possibly after I got here again enjoying towards Motherwell, my first sport again, I spoke about it [retirement].

“It was simply darkish occasions; I used to be going into the coaching floor each single day for 4 months and that was in all probability the bottom after I thought is there any actual level on this?”

Nevertheless, the Celtic stalwart – who delighted crowds at Parkhead earlier than a bumper transfer to Spartak Moscow in 2010 – advised how he knew he was nonetheless as much as the duty as soon as he regained full health.

Aiden McGeady claims that Johnson tried to retire him twice final season within the media. Credit score: PLZ Soccer

The 93-cap Eire star stated: “Then, after I was match once more, I used to be like nicely I can play, no trouble.”

The previous Hibee and the present Hibs boss have been usually allegedly concerned in spats all through the final 12 months.

Boss Johnson claimed that he feared McGeady’s profession was over in March after the broad man tore his hamstring in a Hibs win over Kilmarnock.

Talking on the time the Hibs boss stated: “No matter he [Aiden] decides, if he needs to make a full return to enjoying then completely, we are going to assist that.

“Clearly, he’s obtained lots of expertise to present in soccer, whether or not that be one other 12 months or two as a participant or whether or not that be moving into a brand new journey.

“I’d by no means, ever retire a soccer participant. It’s as much as them to resolve when the time is correct.”

Hibs followers have been fast to react to McGeady’s feedback over the weekend after they themselves progressed into the final eight of the Scottish League cup.

One stated: “It was simply a few years too late for him and in the end failed at Hibs, on (sic) hindsight Hibs ought to by no means had (sic) signed him.”

One other added: “He can haven’t any complaints about his time at Hibs, he was always, always injured.”

A 3rd replied: “He was a waste of a wage for us – easy as that.”

Hibs welcome Aston Villa to Easter Street this night in a crunch Europa Convention League Play-Off match.

The sport is a sell-out and has been billed because the membership’s greatest sport since their Scottish Cup victory over Rangers in 2016.