Defender Darren O'Dea explains how playing for Celtic was a dream come true

Darren O'Dea says he 'lived the dream' playing for Celtic.

Defender Darren O'Dea has told The Scottish Sun that playing for Celtic was a dream come true - and he hasn't been able to replicate that feeling elsewhere.

O'Dea, 28, is currently playing over in India with Mumbai City, and whilst life under manager Nicolas Anelka may be interesting, the Irishman has instead looked back on his time at Celtic.

The defender came up through the ranks with the Bhoys having arrived from Home Farm as a teenager, and made 70 appearances for the Celtic first team before leaving for Toronto in 2012, following loan spells with Reading, Ipswich Town and Leeds United.

Stints with Metalurh Donetsk, Blackpool and now Mumbai have followed for O'Dea, but he will be remembered most for his time with Celtic - and O'Dea admitted that his time with the Hoops was a dream.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, O'Dea admitted that he grew up wanting to play for Celtic, and nothing in his career since leaving the club has given him the same buzz of turning out for the Glasgow giants.

"When I was growing up I always wanted to play with Celtic," said O'Dea. "I was lucky enough to live the dream. I’ve ended up looking at these opportunities in Ukraine, in Canada and now with Mumbai in India. I’m kind of chasing the buzz I had with Celtic. I don’t think I’ll ever get what I had, but I love seeing new parts of the world, different cultures, different ways people go about their business," he added.

Given the trajectory of O'Dea's career, it seems unlikely that a Celtic return would be on the cards, but it's clear that he still has great feelings for the club, and regular comments about Ronny Deila's men on Twitter - and when he's retired, he can always look back on how he managed to live out his dream and play for Celtic.

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