Birmingham striker O’Connor urges McGeady to grab Spartak Moscow chance

Birmingham City striker Garry O'Connor has told Celtic winger Aiden McGeady to take the move to Spartak Moscow.

O'Connor lapped up the top-level football and luxury lifestyle that came with playing for Lokomotiv Moscow.

He told the Scottish Sun: "I actually bumped into Aiden in the summer and we spoke about Russia and how I found it.

"At first it was a bit strange when I landed there and I didn't really expect it to be like it was. I enjoyed my time over there from a football aspect but I had a young family and a missus and it was tough for them. Overall it was a great experience though. The standard of football was really high and there are a lot of good players there and you work with a lot of good coaches.

"The financial package that's spoken about is a hard thing to refuse too. It'd be fantastic for him if he got it and if he only stayed for a couple of years he'd be a wealthy man. Football is a short career. You want to earn what you can but he won't miss out on anything because the standard of football is so high.

"Maybe he's done everything he can at Celtic. He's been successful and proved he's a top player. It's perhaps time for him to make a change. It's a high standard and Spartak go straight into the Champions League. There are a lot of top players there and he can maybe learn a new language, a different culture and experience Russia. It would be great for him.

"I'd say to him to jump at this chance. Even if he doesn't like it he's still young and he'd still have time to have a crack at the Premier League."

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