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O’Dea's Glasgow warning to Celtic star Keane

Darren O'Dea has warned new Celtic team-mate Robbie Keane of the dangers of going out in Glasgow after a man reportedly threatened to kneecap the defender.

O'Dea became involved in a row with a man who accused him of chatting up his girlfriend while the player was celebrating his 23rd birthday last week.

Keane is on-loan at Celtic from Tottenham until the end of the season and O'Dea fears he could face similar problems if he is not careful.

“It's disappointing, but it's one of those things,” said O'Dea, who is hoping to return from injury in time for today's Scottish Premier League game at Aberdeen.

“It's part and parcel of living in Glasgow. I'll be a lot more careful in future or I just won't go out.

“I'm a professional footballer and some people like to pick fights with us. I don't usually go out that much anyway, so I'll just have to stay in more.

“Other players get targeted by people and that's what it's like. That's the problem when you only have two big clubs like Celtic and Rangers in one city.

“It's not the first time it has happened and it won't be the last. Robbie has joined us now and he'll have to get used to it, too.

“Glasgow is a tough place to live and there are certain parts of the city you just don't go.”

Meanwhile, Tony Mowbray has welcomed the return to form of Aiden McGeady ahead of the clash at Pittodrie.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder started on the bench for last week's Scottish Cup fifth-round win at Dunfermline, but returned for Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Hearts at Parkhead.

McGeady set up Marc-Antoine Fortune for the clinching goal which took the Hoops to within eight points of Rangers at the top table, but his overall display was recognised by the Celtic boss.

“I think Aiden benefited from the rest he had the other day,” Mowbray said.

“You can't keep going back to the well with Aiden.

“He has been magnificent for five months for this football club, but in the last month his performance level has dipped a little bit.

“Against Hearts, especially in the second-half, he was back to the exhilarating talent that he is, getting fans out of their seats.”

The much-changed Hoops are likely to be without six players who began the season in impressive form at Pittodrie, beating Aberdeen 3-1 on the opening day.

Massimo Donati, Danny Fox and Scott McDonald have left the club while O'Dea, Andreas Hinkel and Shaun Maloney are injured.

Mowbray, with tongue in cheek, said: “We got praise for the performance? I can't remember that.

“Someone will tell me exactly how much the team has changed from the opening day to the team we play against Aberdeen, but it has changed a lot.

“That day Maloney was out of this world, they changed their right-back after 20 minutes because Maloney gave him a hard time, but Aberdeen will be prepared for us and we are expecting a tough game.

“We will study Aberdeen and it might be a different team which played against Hearts, but we will pick a team to get a result.”

Mowbray played down the psychological advantage of playing 24 hours ahead of Rangers, who welcome Hibernian on Sunday.

Asked if playing first could put pressure on their Ibrox rivals, Mowbray retorted: “Not if we don't win the game.

“We have to go and get the three points and (if we do that) Rangers have to deal with the gap that will have been closed.

“If we don't win the game, I'm sure it will give Rangers a huge lift to win their match. It's all about us winning games from now on in.”

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