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Darren O’Dea Gives Special Mention to Tommy Burns as He Announces Retirement

Darren O’Dea Gives Special Mention to Tommy Burns as He Announces Retirement

Darren O’Dea gave a special mention to Tommy Burns as he announced his retirement from full-time football this afternoon.

The Dundee defender has had a difficult season so far, failing to play regularly in a team that has been relegated to the Championship.

The 32-year-old centre back has appeared 20 times for Jim McIntyre’s team this campaign, but could do nothing to stop the Dens Park outfit from going down.

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And after enduring what must be one of his toughest seasons ever, O’Dea has announced his retirement.

He took to Twitter this afternoon to thank those who have had an impact on his career, which spanned across 13 years and nine clubs as well as the Ireland national team.

O’Dea reserved special praise for Burns, who was a coach at Celtic during the Irishman’s breakthrough there:

Burns spent 16 years at Celtic as a player before working at the club on and off over a six-year period as manager and then coach.

Sadly, Burns died in 2008 after a battle with skin cancer – but his impact on many at Celtic Park is still felt to this day.

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