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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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...
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.
Diarmuid O’Carroll replaces his old Celtic team-mate Darren O’Dea as manager of Motherwell’s U18s...
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.
‘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...
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...
‘Back to celebrate nine and ten in a row’ – These fans react as former Celtic star returns to Parkhead
Celtic supporters have celebrated the return of Darren O’Dea, with the former Hoops defender appointed as the Under-18 manager.
New Celtic Under-18s coach Darren O’Dea has conceded that he feels a sense of pressure after returning to Parkhead...
New Under-18s Celtic manager Darren O’Dea has insisted that he feels no regrets over leaving his playing career behind...
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.
Darren O’Dea’s Celtic career saw him rake in several major trophies, but he insists he played for the club with “limited ability”.
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has bemoaned the timing of the departure of Darren O’Dea to Celtic.