CELTIC assistant manager Johan Mjallby has confirmed Darren O'Dea's future lies away from Parkhead. The defender spent last season on loan at Ipswich Town but despite finishing the season in the international side that won in Macedonia, the 24-year-old was left out of Celtic's preseason trip to Australia.
Former Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson has played in both of Celtic's tour games, while defender Victor Wanyama was granted a work permit over the weekend and completed a £900,000 move from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot.
Mjallby has high hopes for the 19-year-old Kenyan, which spells the end of the road for O'Dea and fellow defenders Jos Hooiveld and Josh Thompson, who were both signed by former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray. “He looks a talented and strong boy,” Mjallby said after being asked about Wanyama. “He's good on the ball and has this wee stroll about him, like a young (William) Gallas or (Marcel) Desailly.
“Right now, he looks more to us like a central defender but he's versatile and the good thing is if we want to change the game we have options. “I went down to Forest with Neil to look at Kelvin (Wilson) playing against Gary Hooper. I saw right away they were both very good. “Kelvin's good recovery pace will come in handy for us. We need quick centre halves because usually we have two full-backs that need to bomb on. “We have Jos Hooiveld and Darren O'Dea back training in Glasgow so we have a few central defenders.
“We need to offload one or two. There is no point in having too many centre halves. We also have Mark Wilson who can play at centre half.” Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa is expected to spend time on trial with Celtic as Neil Lennon steps up his hunt for a goalkeeper. Pletikosa is currently at Spartak Moscow but spent part of last season