Loyal O’Dea puts Cup final goal down to cramp
Darren O’Dea kept his cool to break the Co-operative Insurance Cup deadlock at Hampden and send Celtic on their way to their first Cup final win over Rangers for 20 years, before admitting that it was cramp, not movement that gave him the edge for hi
Darren O’Dea kept his cool to break the Co-operative Insurance Cup deadlock at Hampden and send Celtic on their way to their first Cup final win over Rangers for 20 years, before admitting that it was cramp, not movement that gave him the edge for his historic goal.
“It’s massive but the main thing is that we won,” said O’Dea. “To actually play is an honour and a privilege and to score a goal is brilliant.”
“The ball came in, it was a good cross and luckily enough it went in the back of the net. I was struggling with a bit of cramp, so I don’t think there was much movement. It was just a case of getting my head on it and hoping it went in.
The Irish defender has always proclaimed his allegiance to the club but has made no bones about the fact that he felt he had to chase first team football. His January loan move to Burnley was almost complete before an injury to John Kennedy left Gordon Strachan short of cover.
Instead of complaining about being held back, the 22-year-old says he got his head down and did all he could to stake his place back in the first 11.
He said: “If I’m being honest I put it down to myself. When I didn’t get out I didn’t sulk. I worked harder. I worked as hard as I ever have and I believe it’s all come together now.
“I’ve had unbelievable backing at the club. It wasn’t a case of ever wanting to leave the club. This is where I want to play but if I’m not playing I need to be playing football.
“But now I am playing; it’s an honour and every time I get a jersey it’s just another chance to impress.”