Dundee wait on international clearance for Darren O’Dea

Darren O'Dea: Awaits debut. Picture: SNS

Darren O'Dea: Awaits debut. Picture: SNS

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Dundee were last night still waiting for international clearance to allow new signing Darren O’Dea to make his debut for the Dens Park side.

The Dark Blues had been hoping to unleash former Celtic defender O’Dea in Saturday’s scheduled fourth-round tie with the Bairns which was wiped out because of a waterlogged pitch and again in tonight’s rearranged clash which has also been postponed until 26 January.

Now they require the necessary paperwork to give 20-times capped Republic of Ireland star O’Dea his first start since signing late last week from Indian outfit Mumbai City, as a direct replacement for skipper James McPake who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Dens boss Paul Hartley said: “The international clearance hadn’t arrived so we couldn’t have played Darren [on Saturday]. He hasn’t played in a few weeks but is keen to play so we’ll assess everything.”

O’Dea’s arrival is to offset the loss of McPake who fractured his knee in the 2-1 league win over city rivals Dundee United on 2 January.

Hartley admits the 28-year-old Dubliner could yet be followed by some more January signings.

He said: “We are definitely looking at targets. If possible, we are looking to bring in one or two more.”

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