Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady feels Neil Lennon was 'underrated' as a player and that fans often overlooked him for his passing ability.

The Irishman has praised the former Hoops manager's technical ability and commented on how fans at the time who felt he was not positive enough in his play may have been missing how vital he was to the team.

The 36-year-old, who recently signed for Hibs, said Lennon had the uncanny ability of always being able to find a man with a pass.

"When I was a young Celtic fan growing up I used to look at Neil Lennon and he used to get booed for passing the ball sideways, not positive enough," he told Go Radio.

"And then when you actually play with him at training you realise he never gives the ball away."

McGeady reinforced his praise of the former Hoops captain by pointing to his trophy cabinet.

He added: "In terms of underrated, you had Lenny and Lambo [Paul Lambert[ but Lambo was the one that everybody was like 'wow his technique is unbelievable'.

"Lenny wasn't technically as good as Lambo but very underrated. Think of all the trophies that he won at Celtic."

McGeady won four league titles as a Celtic himself before moving to Spartak Moscow for a, then, club-record fee in 2009.

He has since gone on to play for a host of clubs including Everton and Sunderland.

A reunion with former Black Cats boss Lee Johnson at Easter Road has seen the Irish international return to the Scottish game for the first time in 13 years.