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. The reason for that – the former Hoops centre-back was the unlikely player who gave the side the lead in the 2009 League Cup final, which was 2-0 by Celtic.

O’Dea has fond memories of the goal, and he revealed that he is still constantly reminded of his towering header by the Celtic support.

“How special it was”

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“I didn’t take it in at the time and it’s only now looking back I know how special it was Honestly, every day, whether I am at the garage or the supermarket, someone will mention that goal” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

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O’Dea then made a remarkably honest comment on his time at Celtic.

 

“I am not embarrassed to admit I was a fairly average player when you look at the talent that’s come through the club, but to have a small part in its history is magnificent.”

Helped the Hoops win a number of trophies

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The player is being harsh on himself, he was better than ‘fairly average’ and helped the Hoops win a number of trophies. It is no surprise that people always mention the goal though. After all, to date it is the last time Celtic have defeated Rangers in a cup final.

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Hopefully in time O’Dea will be just as well-known for the players he helps make the grade from the Celtic under-18 side to the first-team. However, when it comes down to it, he will always be remembered as a Hoops hero for the goal he scored against Rangers in a cup final.

O’Dea will be hoping that 10 years on from his memorable moment, another Celtic player comes along on Sunday to create a memorable moment of their own. That will mean that the Hoops have won the League/Betfred Cup for the fourth year in a row.

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