Aiden McGeady told a hilarious story of how messing about with Alan Thompson‘s windscreen wipers saw him covered in boot polish from head to toe.
The Sunderland winger sat down with Si Ferry for the latest edition of the Peterhead man’s video interview series.
Ferry has chatted to a few of his past teammates already, including Darren O’Dea and Charlie Mulgrew, while also speaking to some well-known Scottish football players like Charlie Adam and Kevin Thomson.
And now it’s the turn of McGeady, who has shied away from public interviews for the majority of his career.
McGeady and Ferry came through the Celtic youth ranks around about the same time as each other and, as well as reflecting on what that experience was like, the Ireland winger also told some funny stories about his days with the Scottish champions.
This story was a particular highlight as he told how Thompson didn’t see the funny side of McGeady messing about with his car.
McGeady said: “We used to train at Glasgow Green and Gunner was driving the bus.
“So I was working at Celtic Park and he came to pick me up. I was sitting at the back of the bus and Thommo was behind us in his car and the lads were like ‘someone jump out and pull up his window wipers’, and I was like ‘I’ll do it’.
“So I’ve opened the back of the bus and pulled up the window wipers. But Gunner has drove the bus away. This is on Kerrydale Street, he’s taken a right to go down London Road and he’s drove the bus off.
“I’ve pulled them up and Thommo’s like ‘what are you doing, young lad?’. So I ran away, running down London Road with my preddies on. Thommo’s chasing me and he’s pulled in and said ‘who do you think you are? What’s your name?’ and I’m like ‘Aiden McGeady’. He says ‘I’m telling the gaffer about this. You’ll not get away with this’. I say ‘sorry, big man. It’s just a bit of banter – the lads said do it’, and he goes ‘nah, I’m not having that’.
“So Gunner obviously realised that I was at the back of the bus and the lads told him to stop so I’ve jumped back on and I’m like ‘I don’t believe I’ve just done that. I’m going to get absolutely terrorised here’.”
McGeady went on to say that Thompson got his own back weeks later when the youngster was working as a kit boy for a Celtic game against Dundee United at Tannadice.
He added: “Me and Midge were standing outside the first team dressing room when they were all in. Thommo kept opening the door and I was standing there.
“He’d open the door, look at me then walk straight towards Martin O’Neill and then the door would close. I was like ‘he’s going to tell the gaffer, he’s going to tell the gaffer’. But nothing happened really.
“I was thinking ‘I’ve got away with this here,’ but the old boot room at Celtic Park was under the stairs and I’m standing at the back cleaning a pair of boots and Thommo and Rab Douglas have came in and are like ‘everybody out, apart from you,’ and I’m saying ‘lads, don’t leave’. They’ve shut the door, Rab held me down and Thommo got shoe polish and polished me from head to toe.”
You can watch the first episode of McGeady’s interview with Ferry below: