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Old Firm defeat tortures O'Dea

Darren O'Dea has refused to shy away from Celtic's Old Firm defeat.

The former Home Farm defender is likely to captain Celtic at Falkirk tomorrow in the wake of last Sunday's controversial loss at Ibrox.

O'Dea skillfully body-swerved the refereeing controversies that have dominated the fall out to the Old Firm clash when he appeared before the media yesterday, limiting his comments to suggesting that all referees make mistakes and need help.

Celtic go into tomorrow's match bristling with anger at their treatment from officials this season with skipper Scott Brown sitting out the first match of his three-game ban.

While most of his team-mates departed for international duty during the week, O'Dea tortured himself by watching three re-runs of the defeat by Rangers.

He admitted: "After a game like that I just go home and don't go out much, you don't want any trouble or whatever.

"I watched the game again, I've watched it two or three times now and you need to do that.

"You can't hide from the facts, it's not acceptable to lose in the way that we are just now.

"The only way to put that right is to go out now and win on Sunday.

"I was quite pleased with my own performance coming on as a substitute into an Old Firm match. The pace of the game is frantic so there's no time to ease yourself in.

"It was a game that we needed to win, not only did we not win but we lost. On any occasion it's very disappointing to lose to Rangers, but it's worse when it's at such an important part of the season. It's something that we have to take and try to get over by going to Falkirk and winning."

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