Celtic coach Darren O’Dea is attracting interest from Inverness Caledonian Thistle about their vacant manager’s job, according to a report.

The Highlanders, who we beat in last season’s Scottish Cup final, sacked boss Billy Dodds on Sunday evening. His dismissal arrived after a dire start to the season which has seen them take just one point from their first five Championship matches.

Their attention has now turned to Dodds’ replacement and Celtic B co-manager O’Dea is said to be in the reckoning.

The Scottish Sun offered an update on that hunt on Monday evening. They say that O’Dea is “in the frame” for the job with Inverness chiefs keen to speak to him.

The likes of Kevin Thomson, Neil McCann and Callum Davidson are also mentioned, while Caley sporting director John Robertson and academy director Charlie Christie are currently in charge of the team.

We will have to wait and see if O’Dea is viewed as the preferred candidate by the Championship club. If he is, and they offer him the job, it will then come down to the former Republic of Ireland international.

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While he and Stephen McManus are in the midst of an important project with the B team, O’Dea may view a move to first-team football as a step up. It would certainly make things interesting for Celtic.

Caley also removed assistant manager Barry Wilson at the weekend so O’Dea would need to bring a number two with him. Would that man be McManus? And if so, what would happen with the Celtic B side? Would someone like Charlie Mulgrew, recently retired and keen to turn to coaching, enter the picture?

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It’s one to keep an eye on over the coming days. For now, though, O’Dea’s focus will be on his side’s opening UEFA Youth League clash against Feyenoord on Tuesday. The Sportcomplex Varkenoord fixture gets underway at 2pm Celtic Park time.

In other news, Celtic have released their annual financial results to the year ended 30th June 2023

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