CELTIC backroom Bhoy Darren O’Dea has been linked with the vacant manager’s post at Ayr United.

The Somerset Park club are looking for their THIRD team boss this season after ex-Hoops defender Jim Duffy left the struggling Championship club on Monday.

The former Falkirk, Morton, Hibs and Dundee gaffer had taken over from ex-Scotland international midfielder David Hopkin in October.

Now one-time Republic of Ireland international centre-back O’Dea, currently working alongside Tommy McIntyre with the Hoops B team in the Lowland League, is on the wanted list for Graeme Mathie, Ayr’s new chief executive, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

The 34-year-old coach is tipped for a bright future in management after making progress through the ranks following his retirement as a player at Dundee in 2019. He had a stint at Motherwell before taking over the Parkhead Under-18s and moving up to the B team.

O’Dea is the second Celtic coach to be head-hunted in recent times with Gavin Strachan rejecting the manager’s job at Hartlepool last month.

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