Mick: We Will Not Wash Our Dirty Linen in Public; CELTS CAPTAIN CALMS McGEADY STORM
Byline: By BEN RUMSBY
STEPHEN MCMANUS last night revealed Celtic's players have discussed the escalating row between banned midfielder Aiden McGeady and the club - but he insisted they will not be adding to the furore.
Republic of Ireland international McGeady, 22, was excluded from the first team for a fortnight and fined two weeks' wages for a dressing-room bust-up with manager Gordon Strachan after Saturday's 1-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw with Hearts.
McGeady is awaiting formal notification of his punishment but is set to miss the SPL clashes with Falkirk and Rangers.
The player, reportedly "shocked" by the severity of his punishment, has made clear through his agent David Holbrook his intention to appeal the decision.
The issue has casta shadow over the Parkhead club in recent days and is set to rumble on for months, unless McGeady is sold in the January transfer window.
However, Celtic skipper McManus insists the dressing room will not be getting involved.
"The way we look at it is that it's done and dusted," he said.
"The club has issued a statement and so, as far we are concerned, it is done.
"I hope we win the game on Sunday, that's the most important thing and that is all the players are looking forward to.
"I am not going to sit here and make any comment; that would not be fair to the team, the manager or Aiden.
"The players have had their opinion but it will stay with us, it will never come out, and the matter is done.
"We are concentrating on the games. If we let things like this affect us in the dressing then we won't win the league, so our only concern is winning matches."
Celtic lost the first Old Firm game of the season at Parkhead 4-2 where the highlight of a fine performance from the visitors was Pedro Mendes' goal courtesy of a perfectly-executed 30-yard drive.
The champions, however, battled back to regain their lead at the top of the table and, despite failing to win their last two SPL games, remain four points ahead of their arch-rivals. …