Dundee sign ex-Celtic defender Darren O’Dea

The centre back made 70 appearances for Celtic. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
The centre back made 70 appearances for Celtic. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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Dundee have confirmed the signing of former Celtic centre back Darren O’Dea.

The Irishman returns to Scottish football for the first time since leaving Parkhead for Toronto back in 2012.

He told the Press Association: “If you look at my CV, I have been abroad for the last number of years and I felt that I wanted to come home.

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“Scotland is my home now, Glasgow, my wife and daughter are here.

“When the manager rang me it was an easy decision. He rang me a couple of days ago and here we are.

“I had interest in England and abroad, there are so many variable and it was the first phone call had where I felt ‘I really fancy it, I really do’.

“There was no real thinking to it and my wife and daughter are delighted.”

O’Dea made 70 appearances across four full seasons at Celtic, where he broke into the first-team after rising through the youth system.

He’s also enjoyed loan moves at Leeds United and Ipswich Town, while also spending time at Blackpool following a season spent with Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine.

Most recently, he’s been playing for Mumbai City in the Indian Super League. The club are managed by former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid striker Nicolas Anelka.

Dundee require cover at the heart of their defence after losing James McPake for the remainder of the season following a horrible knee injury suffered against Dundee United last weekend across. Fellow centre back Julen is also out of action after sustaining an eye injury in a recent meeting with Motherwell.

Manager Paul Hartley added: “He is somebody I know well. He fits the bill for us. He is at the right age. He has good experience, a good leader in the same mould as McPake.

“He has a fantastic attitude, played for some really good clubs and we are delighted.”

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