Darren O'Dea has been told he can leave Celtic on a free transfer.

The 25-year old Republic of Ireland international was sent out on loan to Leeds United last season after it emerged that he had fallen down the pecking order at Parkhead.

Now the defender is free to leave Glasgow and he is thankful to the club for allowing him to pursue another challenge.

"I'm leaving on a free transfer and I'm very happy," he told SunSport.

"I spoke to (chief executive) Peter Lawwell and fair play to him for cutting ties. It lets me get on with my career. It has been happening for two-and-a-half years anyway.

"I had a great time at Celtic and have a lot of friends there, so it was important for me that I left properly.

"Peter has given me the chance to do that, so I wish them all the best.

"I'm totally focused on the European Championships now, but after that I'll assess my options."

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