Former Republic of Ireland international Darren O'Dea has made his first steps into coaching after being confirmed as the manager of Motherwell  Under-18s.

The Dubliner had been playing with Dundee but hung up his boots after last weekend's clash against St Mirren, a game in which he saw red in the 19th minute.

The Home Farm graduate played for Celtic - where he won two league titles - Reading, Leeds and Ipswich, also having spells with Toronto FC and in India with  Mumbai City.

He played 20 times for his country.

"I am delighted to take my first steps into coaching with Motherwell," the 32-year-old told the club website. 

"The club has proven its commitment over many years to progressing talented young players to first team football and I am looking forward to playing my part in helping bring through the next generation."