Darren O'Dea set to retire after Dundee relegation

Image: Darren O'Dea's Dundee were relegated from the Scottish Premiership this season

Dundee defender Darren O'Dea will retire at the end of the season after a career that also saw him play for Celtic and the Republic of Ireland.

The 32-year-old won two Scottish Premiership titles, a Scottish League Cup and a Scottish Cup at Celtic - and now says he plans to peruse a career in coaching.

"It's been a difficult decision as I feel I have plenty in the tank but my passion in life is now in another part of football - coaching," O'Dea said after his team were relegated from the Scottish Premiership.


"One special person I want to mention is Tommy Burns. The man signed me at Celtic and started the whole dream off. He might have left us in body but he's never left in spirit.

"I thought about him everyday as a player and you can guarantee he'll be on my mind every day as a coach."

O'Dea enjoyed loan spells with English clubs Reading, Ipswich and Leeds while at Celtic earlier in his career.

After leaving Glasgow, he signed for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer before playing for Ukranian side Metalurh Donetsk and a year-long spell at Blackpool in the Championship.

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From there, he went to Mumbai City FC in India before spending the last three years of his playing career at Dundee.

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