Report: Darren O'Dea in talks with Celtic about Lennon reunion

Darren O'Dea of Republic of Ireland looks on during the Ireland training session at Watford FC Training Ground on May 27, 2013 in London Colney, England.

Celtic are reportedly bringing Darren O'Dea back to Parkhead.

Darren O'Dea of Republic of Ireland looks on during the Ireland training session at Watford FC Training Ground on May 27, 2013 in London Colney, England.

According to The Scottish Sun, Darren O'Dea is in talks with Celtic about a return to the club, where he would join Neil Lennon's coaching staff.

O'Dea, 32, has endured a strange 2019, as he joined East Kilbride whilst also taking on a coaching role at Motherwell as he looks beyond his playing days.

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The former defender is already on the move again, as he's set to trade those two positions for one role at Celtic, potentially joining them as a reserve coach.

 

That would be a reunion with Neil Lennon at Parkhead, as O'Dea both played with and for Lennon at Celtic before leaving the club in 2012.

The Irishman has since had spells with Toronto, Metalurh Donetsk, Blackpool, Mumbai City, Dundee and East Kilbride, enduring a nomadic career as a player.

O'Dea will now be able to start his coaching career full-time, joining fellow former Celtic defender Stephen McManus in coaching the Bhoys youngsters.

Celtic's Irish defender Darren O'Dea (R) heads towards goal during the Scottish Premier League football match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on May 24, 2009....

Talks are ongoing about O'Dea taking over from Damien Duff, as he was promoted from reserve coach to a first-team coach this past summer.

O'Dea appears to be a big fan of Lennon, telling the Daily Record that he has full confidence in Lennon to be a success in his second spell as Celtic boss – and he may now be able to help him with that goal.

Neil Lennon, head coach of CFR Cluj, in action during the game  during the UEFA Champions League 2019

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