Motherwell lost their brand new under 18 coach Darren O’Dea to Celtic at the weekend when the former Parkhead player came home after a seven year absence.

O’Dea retired in the summer and took up the coaching role with Motherwell, a position they needed to fill after Celtic also took Stephen McManus from Fir Park last season.

It’s safe to say Motherwell aren’t too happy with Celtic poaching their staff.

Stephen Robinson has bemoaned the timing and told ‘Well supporters of his disappointment at Darren’s move. However, Robinson still did wish O’Dea all the best in a move he couldn’t turn down.

“Whilst we were disappointed to lose Darren, he has conducted himself impeccably and we wish him well in his coaching career,” the Well told the official site.

“The timing of the vacancy elsewhere wasn’t great from our point of view. But it couldn’t be helped, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse and we wish him well.”

O’Dea comes into the Celtic setup with a wealth of footballing experience. The player has had stints at Canada, Ukraine and India as well as down south before heading back up north to Scotland last year.

His experience as a Celtic youngster coming through the ranks and making it to the first team will also prove invaluable.



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