Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has lamented the timing of Darren O’Dea’s switch to Celtic.

The Well U18s coach has left Fir Park to take up a similar role at Celtic. He only just joined in the summer, having retired from professional football to pursue a coaching career.

O’Dea has left Motherwell for Celtic (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Robinson has praised his efforts in his short time at Fir Park, however, he told the club’s website that it isn’t ideal.

“Whilst we were disappointed to lose Darren, he has conducted himself impeccably and we wish him well in his coaching career,” the Well boss said.

“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.”

No hard feelings between Motherwell and O’Dea following Celtic move

These comments seem to indicate that Robinson is unhappy with the manner of the Irishman’s departure. Whilst he can’t begrudge the opportunity he has been given, he may be annoyed at how it has been handled.

Motherwell boss Robinson seems annoyed at O’Dea’s Celtic switch. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It might not only be him at Fir Park who feels that way. The club’s Twitter post simply listed ‘A Scottish Premiership club’ as O’Dea’s next destination, despite Celtic already confirming it was them.

Motherwell will feel hard done by with this departure. They were prepared to give O’Dea his chance in coaching, but after only a few months, he’s left the club. There doesn’t seem to be any ill feeling between the two parties at least.

It’s disappointing and now the Steelmen have to find his replacement, so that the development of youngsters at the club isn’t hindered.

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