DARREN O’DEA has admitted he would jump at the chance of a return to Celtic.
The central defender, 28, spent six years at Parkhead and had loan spells at Reading, Ipswich and Leeds United before joining MLS outfit Toronto FC on a free transfer in August 2012.
O’Dea is on the look-out for a new club after being ditched by Blackpool following their plunge into the third tier of the English League. They won only four of their 46 Championship games to finish rock bottom.
The Dubliner, who won two Premier League titles, one Scottish Cup and one League Cup at the Hoops, said: “I would love to play for Celtic again.”
O’Dea, who trained at Lennoxtown for a spell during the season, turned out 20 times for Blackpool after joining them as a free agent in December. He was just one of 17 players shown the door after their disastrous campaign.
He labelled the Seasiders “worse than a pub team” and said: “I knew what I was going into. It was going to be shambles.
“You could go to a pub team and it would be run better than Blackpool.
“The people around the club, the manager, were fantastic. I felt bad for the supporters.”
O’Dea has also been linked with a return to his former Canadian side. added: “The year I spent in Toronto was the favourite year of my career and I wasn’t even winning games.
“That tells you how much I enjoyed the place, the club and the people.”