Darren O'Dea

Darren O'Dea was born in Dublin, Ireland on 4 February 1987 (age 32). Follow @odea_darren on Twitter.

After making his way through the reserves and academy side, O’Dea made his first-team debut for Celtic in the Scottish League Cup against St Mirren in September 2006. A month later, O’Dea made his league debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he played the last thirty minutes after substituting for Gary Caldwell. His UEFA Champions League debut was on 6 December against Danish club F.C. Copenhagen as a substitute for the injured Stephen McManus. O’Dea made his first league starting appearance against Dunfermline Athletic four days after his Champions League debut. Later that month he scored his first goal in a match against Dundee United, with his rebound of a 78th-minute free kick by Shunsuke Nakamura tying the match 2–2. O’Dea’s first season saw Celtic win the 2007 Scottish Cup Final, where he scored a goal against Livingston.

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67HailHail · Dec 7, 2019

Celtic final hero is constantly reminded of memorable Hampden Park goal

With Celtic facing Rangers in the Betfred Cup Final on Sunday, it was only a matter of time before Celtic under-18s manager Darren O’Dea gave his cup final memories...

Celtic Quick News · Dec 7, 2019

Strachan’s Three Words to Cup Final Hero

DARREN O’DEA, Celtic’s League Cup-winning hero a decade ago, has recalled the three words from Gordon Strachan before his historic goal against Rangers.

Daily Record · Dec 7, 2019

Darren O’Dea reveals blunt Celtic pep talk from Gordon Strachan ahead of ‘special’ Rangers winner

The Irishman was supposed to go on loan to Burnley in the January window before grabbing a cup final winner against Rangers...

VideoCelts · Oct 14, 2019

Scott Brown reveals his Larsson wish

Brown enjoyed a few tussles with Alan Thompson, Darren O’Dea and Neil Lennon but his arrival at Celtic was three years too late to play alongside the King of Kings...

67HailHail · Oct 2, 2019

Recently appointed Celtic coach faces immediate test after intriguing cup draw

Celtic under-18s manager Darren O’Dea has not been in the job for long, but he already faces an important test at the start of his Hoops coaching career.

67HailHail · Oct 2, 2019

“We were training” – Celtic youngsters get Champions League message

New Celtic youth coach Darren O’Dea has sent a firm message to the club’s youngsters and urged them to use his career as an example of what can be achieved with a good work ethic...

Daily Record · Oct 1, 2019

Darren O’Dea in brutally honest Celtic admission as U18s coach sends crystal clear message to rising stars

The Irishman was recently installed as a coach with his former club and has detailed the impeccable standards that must be maintained...

Inside Futbol · Sep 28, 2019

Pressure And Responsibility – Coach Reflects On Being Handed Celtic Youth Role

New Celtic Under-18s coach Darren O’Dea has conceded that he feels a sense of pressure after returning to Parkhead...

Inside Futbol · Sep 27, 2019

This Is Where My Passion And Drive Is At – Celtic Youth Coach

New Under-18s Celtic manager Darren O’Dea has insisted that he feels no regrets over leaving his playing career behind...

67HailHail · Sep 27, 2019

‘Very, very talented’ – Celtic coach impressed by youngsters; tells them how to make it at Hoops

Speaking to Celtic TV, Hoops coach Darren O’Dea feels not much has changed for youngsters coming through the club if they want to make it as a first-team players, stating the principles are the same compared to when he emerged.

67HailHail · Sep 25, 2019

Celtic man said he played for club with “limited ability”; fires warning to youngsters

Darren O’Dea’s Celtic career saw him rake in several major trophies, but he insists he played for the club with “limited ability”.

The42.ie · Sep 24, 2019

Kerry native named on Scottish Premiership club’s coaching staff after stint in Las Vegas

Diarmuid O’Carroll replaces his old Celtic team-mate Darren O’Dea as manager of Motherwell’s U18s...

Transfer Tavern · Sep 18, 2019

‘Like Bayern’, ‘Great to see’ – These Celtic fans react to club appointment & man in new role

Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea has been named as the new manager of the club’s under-18 side, with Stephen McManus vacating the role to work alongside Tommy McIntyre as reserve team coach at the Hoops.

Read Celtic · Sep 17, 2019

‘We’re like Bayern’ – These fans draw similarities between Celtic and European giants after latest announcement

Many Celtic supporters appear pleased with the announcement that Darren O’Dea has joined the club’s backroom staff as Under-18s manager, with a comparison between the Hoops and Bayern Munich being made...

Celts Are Here · Sep 17, 2019

‘Disappointed’ Motherwell Boss Reacts to Celtic’s Latest Capture

Motherwell lost their brand new under 18 coach Darren O’Dea to Celtic at the weekend when the former Parkhead player came home after a seven year absence...

20 Minute Tims · Sep 16, 2019

TMT#190 – Singin’ In The Rennes

Welcome to the latest episode of 20 Minute Tims. The international break is thankfully behind us and it’s back to the real action...

67HailHail · Sep 16, 2019

Have relations just got bad between Celtic and fellow Premiership club?

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has bemoaned the timing of the departure of Darren O’Dea to Celtic.

Scotzine · Sep 16, 2019

O’Dea ‘Incredibly Honoured’ to Return to Celtic

DARREN O’DEA has admitted he is “incredibly honoured” to be given the opportunity to return to Celtic.

Celtic Quick News · Sep 16, 2019

Confirmed: Old Bhoy Returns

DARREN O’DEA has conformed his return to Celtic as the club’s new Under-18 manager, as CQN reported a month ago.

67HailHail · Sep 16, 2019

“Welcome home” “Left way too soon” Celtic fans react to club appointment

Darren O’Dea’s appointment as Celtic’s new under-18 manager was a surprising announcement by the club yesterday.

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