Stephen Robinson: Timing of vacancy at Celtic not ideal in departure of Motherwell youth coach Darren O'Dea

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson (left) has been rocked by Darren O'Dea departure
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson (left) has been rocked by Darren O'Dea departure

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says the timing of a vacancy in the under-18 coach role at Celtic “wasn’t great” in the departure of Darren O'Dea from the same role at Fir Park.

O’Dea left on Sunday to start as the Hoops under-18s boss, just four months after taking on his Fir Park role.
Robinson told the Motherwell website: “Whilst we were disappointed to lose Darren, he has conducted himself impeccably and we wish him well in his coaching career.
“The timing of the vacancy elsewhere wasn’t great from our point of view. But it couldn’t be helped, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse and we wish him well.”