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‘WE’RE READY FOR HECTIC 90 MINUTES AT CELTIC,’ O’DEA

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DUNDEE skipper Darren O’Dea admits he will probably cover less ground than usual against Celtic this afternoon, but still be shattered at the end of the game.

The Dens Park outfit travel to Parkhead as huge underdogs against the champions and Premiership pacesetters.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have been in unstoppable form at home on the domestic front this season and ex-Hoops star O’Dea expects his side to be penned back for large periods of the game.
The 29-year-old central defender said: “The only chance you have of getting something from a game at Celtic Park is by putting in a lot of effort

“Hard work is the only way we give ourselves that chance.

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“You have to put your body through a hell of a lot because it’s demanding both physically and mentally.

“If you look at the statistics, you probably run less in these games than you do most weeks because for a large part of it you’re penned in.

“In a normal game, a defender might run 11 kilometres while a midfielder will be 13 or even 14.

“You come off the pitch even more drained than normal due to the mental demands.

“The concentration levels have to be so high, it’s not like a normal game which is end-to-end.

“Obviously, you want to get out and that’s what we’ll try to do, but most teams who go there end up on the back foot.

“So, while you might run less, believe me, you come off the pitch more exhausted than you usually do.

“You have to be immaculate in terms of preparation, both physically and mentally.”

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