DARREN O’DEA will retire from playing at the end of a season that has seen Dundee relegated from the Premiership.

The former Celtic and Republic of Ireland international defender will call it a day at the age of 32.

O’Dea won two league titles, a League Cup and a Scottish Cup during his days at Parkhead and he will hang up his boots to pursue a career in coaching.

The centre-back, speaking to SKY Sports, said: “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.

“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 every day as a player and you can guarantee he’ll be on my mind every day as a coach.”

O’Dea had loan spells with Reading, Ipswich and Leeds while at Parkhead in the early days of his career.

After leaving the Hoops, 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.

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



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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