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Darren not calling it a day at Celtic

DARREN O'DEA has unfinished business in Scotland and the Ireland defender says he's intent on establishing himself at Celtic next season.

The 24-year-old is currently on a season-long loan deal at Ipswich Town, his second spell away from Celtic on loan after an earlier experience at Reading.

Last month Neil Lennon insisted that O'Dea, who has been at the Parkhead club for almost nine years now, was still part of his long-term plans and O'Dea intends to prove himself with the Bhoys.

"Celtic is my club, it's in my heart. I have to 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," says O'Dea, who has made 70 first-team appearances for Celtic.

"I needed to get games which is why I came here on loan. I want to play in every game. I love football, it's what I live for, when I'm not playing I struggle to deal with it, probably more than most people.

"I still watch Celtic whenever I can, the manager has done really well and he will be only stronger next season.

"I'll do everything I can to be a part of that for Celtic next season.

"For now I want to do as well as I can for Ipswich and then let Celtic look after itself after the summer. If I am wanted there I will be a part of it for Celtic and this experience at Ipswich will help me achieve that."