Date: 13th August 2019 at 12:45pm
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Darren O’Dea has been linked with a coaching role at Celtic.

The defender gave up his playing career at the end of last season to take up a coaching role at Motherwell and has never hidden his desire to move into that side of the game.

Now it appears that after a few months at Fir Park he could be on his way back to Celtic with The Sun reporting:

DARREN O’DEA is poised to return to Celtic in a coaching role. SunSport understands the Irishman, currently U-18s coach at Motherwell, is in talks with the Hoops. Celtic have a vacancy on their coaching staff following Damien Duff’s move from reserve coach to the first team. O’Dea, 32, is the man they want to fill it and the former Celts defender is expected to make the switch.

Since becoming Celtic manager Neil Lennon hasn’t brought in any new coaches to the club with Duff and John Kennedy assisting with first team duties.

Although Duff has stepped up from the reserve side there is now effectively no reserve side with Stephen McManus, brought in in January to coach the u-18 side working alongside Tommy McIntyre for friendlies and the Tunnock’s Challenge Cup.

O’Dea was a schoolboy signing from Dublin who made his way through the ranks to star in Champions League ties against AC Milan. Ironically it was Lennon that brought his Celtic career to an end but after loan stints at Reading and Ipswich it was no surprise when he moved on.

After stints in Canada, India and Ukraine he joined Dundee in 2016 before deciding to quit playing at the end of last season. O’Dea did take up a playing contract with Lowland League side East Kilbride but that would be cancelled if he takes up a coaching role at Celtic.