Would reported return of Darren O'Dea to Celtic be a good move?

By John Reid

August 13, 2019

Darren O’Dea could be on the verge of making a return to Celtic, in a coaching role. The Scottish Sun are reporting that O’Dea is currently in talks with the Hoops, and he has left East Kilbride, who he signed for this summer.

O’Dea, who currently coaches the under-18 side at Motherwell, could be earmarked for the reserve team coach role at Celtic. That role is vacant following Damian Duff’s elevation to first-team coach.

Potential return for former derby hero


It would no doubt be an emotional return for O’Dea to Celtic, where he is best remembered for scoring in a league cup final win over Rangers.

The main question that has to be asked though is this – would it be a good move to bring O’Dea to the club as a coach? That remains to be seen.

Manager knows all about the qualities he has

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Neil Lennon worked with O’Dea when he was both a player and coach at Celtic. He knows the qualities that he will bring to the club.

He has not worked as a coach of reserve players before. That could be an issue.

However, all at Celtic must be confident that O’Dea can do a good job for the club. Therefore, O’Dea will no doubt get the support of the Hoops support should he get the job. Only time will tell if it turns out to be a good move for the club.