Defender Darren O´Dea, currently on a season-long loan at Ipswich Town, has confirmed he will be back at Celtic Park to try and establish himself in Neil Lennon´s side next season, reports the Evening Herald.
The 24-year-old has been with the Bhoys since he was a teenager and says: “Celtic is my club, it is in my heart. I have let my head rule my heart for now, which is why I am on loan, but I will be going back to Celtic in the summer and doing my utmost to break into the team.”
O´Dea has made over 50 appearances for the Hoops and last month boss Lennon insisted the Republic of Ireland international was still a part of his long-term plans.
Williams deal fell through.
Milton Keynes Dons midfielder Shaun Williams has revealed he almost joined Celtic before signing for the league one side.
Williams had a trial in which he impressed Neil Lennon but attempts to sign him were rejected by his Irish club, Sporting Fingal, who folded in February. The 24-year-old was then snapped up by Don´s boss Karl Robinson.
“Fingal turned down two Celtic bids,” he told Bourne Local, “but then the club went out of business. It was a shame the move never came off. We had a three-year deal all planned and a loan period with MK Dons was part of that. But the offers were turned down.
“I am not saying that is the reason they folded, but it certainly would have helped them out a bit,” said the 2010 PFA of Ireland Young Player of the Year.
Hooper out of U21’s.
Gary Hooper has been forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad for the forthcoming friendlies with Denmark and Iceland, reports The Herald.
Hooper was called up for the first time by Stuart Pearce last week but suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury in Sunday´s Co-Operative Insurance Cup Final defeat to Rangers. The 23-year-old has been withdrawn as a precautionary measure after he was also forced to miss last week´s cup victory at Inverness Caledonian Thistle with the same problem.
He is one of five players to withdraw from the squad, joining Jack Rodwell, Mark Davies, Henri Lansbury and Alex Smithies on the sidelines for games that will act as warm-ups for this summer´s European Under-21 Championships.
Meanwhile, winger James Forrest has been selected for the Scotland Under-21 squad for the game in Belgium on Thursday night.