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Celtic's Darren O'Dea is loaned to Ipswich Town

Celtic defender Darren O'Dea
Celtic defender O'Dea wants regular first-team football

Celtic centre-half Darren O'Dea has joined Championship side Ipswich Town in a loan deal until 17 January.

The 23-year-old finished last season as a regular in Celtic's defence after a difficult stay at Reading.

But the arrival of Daniel Majstorovic means Hoops boss Neil Lennon was willing to let O'Dea leave.

The Republic of Ireland international is available to Ipswich manager Roy Keane for Saturday's league trip to Crystal Palace.

Before the deal was confirmed Lennon had said: "He doesn't want to be a squad player, he wants to play and I can't guarantee him that.

"Ipswich have given him the opportunity to go and play and I think it will be good for him to get some games under his belt because we're bringing in other people allied to the ones we've got."

O'Dea, who has one senior Republic of Ireland cap, joined Reading in September but fell out of favour in his last two months at the Madejski Stadium.

He fought his way back into the Celtic side on his return to Glasgow in January, first under Tony Mowbray and then under Lennon when the present boss took over as caretaker.

Sweden international Majstorovic made the switch to Celtic Park from AEK Athens on Monday.

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see also
Defender Majstorovic joins Celtic
16 Aug 10 |  Celtic
Celtic's O'Dea on loan at Reading
01 Sep 09 |  Celtic

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