Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea has paid tribute to the man who shaped his career – former Hoops legend Tommy Burns.

Burns was Celtic’s youth supremo when O’Dea made his breakthrough to the Hoops first-team, and the recently retired centre-back has lauded the former Hoops manager.

“Tommy taught me the principles of being a person and a player” he told the Scottish Sun.

“Tommy taught every young player at Celtic the basics of applying yourself every day.”

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“I will always take with me”

“He pushed us all the time, but he wanted us to improve and Tommy’s influence is something I will always take with me.”

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It will be interesting to see if Burns’ philosophy about young players is still used at Celtic Park. It would be a smart move if it was.

 

Methods are still being used

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Celtic have brought through a number of young players in recent years. Therefore, the chances are the methods used by Burns are still being taught at the club.

O’Dea had a good career which has just come to an end. Quite possibly the highlight of his time as a player was the opening goal in the 2-0 league cup final victory over Rangers in 2009.

It was unfortunate for O’Dea that his playing career ended with relegation with Dundee. But he scored a goal in a cup final against for Celtic. Not many players can say they did that.

 

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