Celtic have appointed a new under-18s boss and he is certainly a familiar face to fans at Celtic Park.
The club announced yesterday that former Republic of Ireland international Darren O’Dea will be taking over in the role.
O’Dea is leaving his post at Motherwell to take up the position, with former team-mate Stephen McManus moving up to work with the under-23 team.
O’Dea is, of course, Celtic alumni.
The 32-year-old joined Celtic in 2005 and went on to play 70 times for Celtic over a five year period before leaving for Toronto FC in search of regular first-team football.
O’Dea retired from football after a short spell at East Kilbride this summer in order to focus on his coaching career.
It is an appointment which has seemingly gone down well with Celtic supporters. There are now several former Celtic players in the coaching set-up at Parkhead. The likes of O’Dea and McManus are joined by John Kennedy as former Celtic players in the coaching set-up at the club.
Seeing so many former players in the club structure is clearly pleasing some of the Celtic supporters, who took to Twitter to congratulate their former player.
Well done Darren – more Celtic men in the building the better mate HH☘️
— matt mcglone (@MattMcGlone9) September 15, 2019
— Anthony R. Hamilton (@polishturnstile) September 15, 2019
Back to celebrate 9&10 IAR ..🇮🇪🏆
— Toto bolingoli (@Toto29678316) September 15, 2019
Congratulations pal. Back where u belong 😉
— David Elebert (@davidelebert25) September 15, 2019
Great step from the club bringing back and promoting former players to help the next generation through – even better that they are both former youth products at that. They know what it takes to get into and stay in the 1st Team.
— Seat 1888/51,967-Bolingoli (@SellickParkSeat) September 15, 2019
Hiring ex players who have hardly any coaching experience instead of looking for the best coaches for our youth teams isn’t the best policy…but I’m happy to be proven wrong and hope Darren does a great job 👍
— C (@Charlie_88_) September 15, 2019
— DT (@tolan1888) September 15, 2019
Celtic through and through 🍀🍀💚💚
— Jimmy Bolingoli Bhoy (@Celticaremagic) September 15, 2019
Congrats Darren. Future couldn’t be in safer hands.
— Jessica Fletcher Fan Account🐌 (@FigFletcher) September 15, 2019
🤣🤣 what an appointment
— cotterbhoy (@cottybhoy) September 15, 2019