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Celtic Defender to Sign On Loan
Celtic Defender to Sign On Loan
Saturday, 14th Aug 2010 19:11

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has revealed that defender Darren O’Dea is set to join the Blues on loan. Town manager Roy Keane said on Thursday that he was looking to add a young loan defender to his squad.

Lennon says O’Dea, primarily a left-sided centre-half but who can also operate at left-back, wants to play first team football more regularly: "He doesn't want to be a squad player, he wants to play and I can't guarantee him that.

"Ipswich have made an enquiry to take him on loan, so there is a possibility he will be down there on Monday.

"Ipswich have given him the opportunity to go and play and I think it will be good for him to get some games under his belt because we're bringing in other people allied to the ones we've got."

Former Irish U21 international O’Dea, 23, was previously linked with the Blues in 2008 during Jim Magilton’s time as manager, although the reports were dismissed by the Northern Irishman.

The 6ft 1in tall Dubliner made eight appearances while on loan at Reading last season.

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southernblue added 19:21 - Aug 14
wait for the Irish flounce

Mark added 19:24 - Aug 14
How can we guarantee O'Dea first team football when he plays in the same position as Smith and Delaney?! I suppose as an Ireland International O'Dea is a step up from those two, but I am surprised this position is a priority for us at the moment and I hope we don't end up developing O'Dea for Celtic rather than Smith for Ipswich.

Hermann_eats_puffin added 19:29 - Aug 14
Given the fact that we seem to be unlucky enough to suffer from more injuries every time we take to the pitch the idea of some extra back up can’t be a bad thing. That perhaps makes sense if this is a short-term loan but if it’s anything longer then I’m struggling to see exactly where he fits in.

If you look at left back then our first choice is Kennedy with back up provided by O’Connor. At centre back we have Delaney & McAuley as first choice and then when there are injuries or suspensions back up is provided in the first instance by Smith and then by Brown & Eastman. I think that our back four has been playing well and the youngsters who have deserved their chance have not let us down when they’ve come in. If we don’t continue to play them then this won’t help their development.

Whilst thinking about this possible move I started wondering if Keane knows something that we don’t about where he can play. When talking about our current system today I couldn’t instantly come up with a name to replace Hyam in the holding defensive midfielder role should he get injured or suspended as I think it would be good to keep Norris & Leadbitter in the more advanced roles. Furthermore it would not be fair to expect Hyam in his first season of playing senior games to play 40+ games as that could risk burning him out. Therefore I wondered if there could be any possibility that O’Dea would be brought in to play in the Hyam role (where Hyam has been playing very well!) in front of the back four.

If this story is true and he does join us on loan my theory could be complete and utter nonsense with him playing in wither the CB or LB positions as expected but you never know. Should he join us I’ll welcome him to Town and hope that he puts in the same 100% effort on show from the other players this season.



RetroBlue added 19:45 - Aug 14
It could also be that Mc Auley may be on his way out and RK is trying to add centre half cover ?!

Jeff_winger added 19:51 - Aug 14
The player wants to come to Ipswich, because he wants to be playing first team football. Although I applaud the player for wanting to play and not just warm a bench. I fear he may just warm the bench for us as well.
He was on loan at reading last year where he got relegated to the bench.
We do seem quite strong at the back.Looking thin in midfield at the moment though

StowTractorBoy added 20:09 - Aug 14
The way our players are dropping like ninepins at the moment we need players of any description. Like others though can't quite see where he will fit in. O'Connor was OK today but can't see O'Dea replacing Kennedy who will be left back when fit.
The way Tommy Smith is shaping up I would not want him left out so heaven knows where he will play although can you imagine Keane saying that he can guarantee him first team football - I think not.

Daleyitfc added 20:12 - Aug 14
Didn't he used to be in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat?

Blueknight85 added 20:13 - Aug 14
Good move with delaney being out for 3 months and kenedy possibly out for a while now.

jas0999 added 20:16 - Aug 14
We need players! Good squad players and this guy fits the bill.Really need a right back though as it's our weakest position - defence wise at least.

renshaw added 20:25 - Aug 14
He Better be good!!!!!!!!

renshaw added 20:26 - Aug 14
I bet he will

Sindre94 added 20:37 - Aug 14
He is really good!

Back_The_Boss added 22:07 - Aug 14
Good luck O'dea, you can do a job for us.

floridaboy added 22:25 - Aug 14
What is wrong with playing O'Dea at left back with Kennedy sitting in front. We are short of a left midfield player which Kennedy would fit.

With greedy Walters no longer going to play for the club surely Townsend could play on the right

elalaer9 added 22:51 - Aug 14
floridaboy....because we play 4-3-3 and kennedy wouldnt fit an advanced left wing forward role....this lad is quality and will do well in at CB or left or right

GetInTheGameScowcrof added 00:09 - Aug 15
He hardly played for Reading last year do he's average at best. Not a bad squad player to have, but I'd rather give our youngsters a crack if we're desperate.

We need a bloody striker!!!

8ashblue added 08:31 - Aug 15
Yesterday we were very exposed on the left when Townsend went off and left O'Connor badly short of support. i cant understand why the bennch couldnt see that so maybe RK is looking to strengthen the left bearing in mind the DD could be missing for longer and Cevilli is also uncertain!

suffolksam added 11:17 - Aug 15
i heard hes no good not worth the power bill wasted heating the water for his shower.hope he proves me wrong

titanicclown added 11:52 - Aug 15
Personally I agree with this move. While Smith is a good lad I don't think he's ever going to be a top championship centre half. When Iwelumu moved onto Smith in the second half we started to get into trouble because Smith couldn't beat him in the air. Look at the quality of Burnley's centre halves, Bikey and Carlisle, I'm afraid Smith just isn't in that catergory. Good third choice but a wise move from Keane to strengthen up here in Delaney's abscence.

moomoosereni added 12:11 - Aug 15
I agree with Scowcroft.

Lets have him if he wants to come down here and compete for a first team slot. Builds the squad nicely at least and provides good cover. I would rather see Smith starting if they are playing as well as each other though.

But fingers crossed we sign an effin striker this week!

Having said all this, things are looking more positive than they were a few weeks ago at least.

Upbeat~ added 12:12 - Aug 15
I can see why, what with Delaney still out, Troy Brown injured and us down to Macca (stiff back) and Tommy Smith (not much rest due to world cup and had to play every game so far). However, once these players are fit again he will be surplus to requirements and IMO could not be placed higher than Macca, Delaney or Tommy - who has been outstanding so far. Hope this O'Dea is versatile, as my main concern in defence is RB, with only Peters seemingly suited to fill that position.

mikewright2 added 12:35 - Aug 15
It seems like a good signing but in my opinion we should have signed koren on a free transfer and get david cotteril from swansea. Then with a striker hopefully we get scotland and mckormack. But i dont see why we cant put in a cheeky bid in for peter wittingham.

Mungo added 13:36 - Aug 15
My concern is that this may get in the way of the development of Tommy Smith or the other young defenders. If he was an experienced player, then that might be different, but given that he has spent most of his career on the bench, I'm not sure he really fits into that category.

renshaw added 14:54 - Aug 15
oh well

Keaneish added 16:00 - Aug 15
With 7 players under the age of 23 on the pitch yesterday i'd have thought Keane would have got someone a bit older, but never mind. It's the cover at right back i'm concerned about.

Also, we desperately need cover for Norris and Leadbitter. Nicky Butt anyone?

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