Darren O’Dea had the misfortune of being sent off in the final match of his career. The defender was red carded while playing for Dundee as they rounded off a miserable season with a 3-2 defeat to St. Mirren.
The 32-year-old saw red for preventing a goalscoring opportunity as he took down Saints man Brad Lyons when he was in on goal. O’Dea had a look of anguish on his face as he departed the pitch for the final time after a relatively short career.
The defender paid tribute to the late Tommy Burns when he announced his retirement on Twitter a fortnight ago.
— Darren O'Dea (@odea_darren) May 7, 2019
It seems not too long ago that O’Dea was starting out as a youngster at Celtic. He spent six years at the club before moving down south to play for Reading, Ipswich and Leeds United. His career then took him to Canada, Ukraine and India before he finished with Dundee.
It just goes to show how quickly time moves on in football. It won’t be long until the likes of current captain Scott Brown hangs his boots up for the final time.
Time will tell whether O’Dea makes it as a coach or a pundit in his post-playing days. The defender always seemed to have a level head on his shoulders. We wish him well.