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Championship defender O'Dea sends message to Celtic fans after shock defeat

Former Celtic defender Darren O'Dea says the loss to St Johnstone is not a problem for the club.

Celtic suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to St Johnstone to bring their unbeaten run to an end.

Yet with a six point lead remaining at the top of the Scottish Premier League, prospects are still looking rosy for Ronny Deila's team.

Former Celtic defender Darren O'Dea, who currently plays for English Championship side Blackpool, insists the setback is not a big issue for the side, when the way they were able to beat Aberdeen 4-0 at the weekend is taken into account.

He sent a message on Twitter to fans of the club who he was training with early in the season while a free agent.

Celtic now have three games coming up against Dundee United, beginning with a Scottish Cup quarter-final this weekend, with one of them the Scottish League Cup final, the first leg of an ambitious treble the club are aiming to achieve this season.

A loss like this, which does not have big consequences in the short-term, could be a positive for the club, to avoid complacency striking at a bigger moment.

It will be able to drive them on and is a useful warning to players that they cannot afford to take anything for granted in their pursuit of trophies.

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