Toronto FC boss Mariner delighted with deal for ex-Celtic defender O'Dea

Toronto FC coach Paul Mariner is delighted with their deal for former Celtic defender Darren O'Dea.

Toronto FC coach Paul Mariner is delighted with their deal for former Celtic defender Darren O'Dea.

Mariner is relishing the prospect of pairing O'Dea with ex-Manchester United defender Richard Eckersley in the centre of his defence.

“I think Darren and [Eckersley] will be a formidable pair,” Mariner said. “You’ve got the aerial ability from Darren and the pace in behind with Eck.

“He’s a different specimen,” added Mariner on O'Dea. “What it is – I’ve been saying this to the young players for quite some time – it’s all about habits. Darren has fantastic habits on the field, off the field. You can see just the way he commands himself, I think the fans are really going to take to this kid.”

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