Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady says that his Spartak Moscow team-mates aren’t giving any secrets away ahead of Friday night’s Group B match.
The Boys in Green play Russia in Dublin but there is only one Spartak player in the Russia squad and it is his first time to be called up.
“Generally the Spartak team, they have a lot of foreigners so a lot of the Russian players are slighter younger, playing under-21s. The right-back for Spartak [Sergey Parshivlyuy] has just been called into the international team. [It’s his] first time. I was asking him about it but he hasn’t really given much away,” McGeady told reporters at a press conference in Dublin.
“There’s been a little sort of banter but banter is lost in translation over there a little bit. A couple of boys have asked me about the game, and I’ve asked a couple of the players what Russia are like, but just now it’s considered a must-win game for them,” he added.
The winger won his 33rd cap in last month’s victory over Andorra and says that a draw on Friday wouldn’t be the worst result.
“Russia are a massive team with a lot of top players and a draw would be acceptable but of course we want to win because if we win it puts us really in the driving seat in the group and our chances of qualifying are greatly increased,” he added.
McGeady, 24, moved from Celtic in August. He scored his first goal for the Meat in the Champions League against MSK Zilina in September and was relieved to open his account.
He said: “It was a great boost, getting your first goal and then it’s a little bit of pressure off. It’s been good so far. I’m surprised at how quickly I seem to have adjusted. Football-wise it’s been great.”