Mark O'Hara

Vital Statistics

Nickname: None

Position: Defensive Midfielder/Defender

Date of Birth: December 12th 1995

Birth Place: Barrhead, Scotland

Height: 1.83m

Previous Club: Kilmarnock Youth

Moved to: Dundee F.C. (8th June 2016)

Killie Contract: January 12th 2011. Extended Contract on May 28th 2015 (2 Year Deal)

Landmarks: Debut as a 16 years-old and Killie's fifth youngest player ever on August 28th 2012, coming on as an 13th minute substitute in a Scottish League Cup match against Stenhousemuir, replacing the injured Jeroen Tesselaar in a 2–1 defeat. First start was at right back on October 27th 2012 in a 0-2 win over Celtic at Celtic Park, famously our first win there since 1955.

International: 9 Appearances for Scotland U19's. 1 Appearance for Scotland U21's.

Twitter: @markohara52

 

Quotes

May 14th 2013: "I don't focus on anything like that [moving elsewhere]. I'm happy here just now. I'm just focusing on trying to get into the first team here. It has come as a surprise getting a few first team games. I appreciate the coaching staff and the chances they have given me. The manager has been great this season and he has had a lot of faith in me to play me in the games he has played me in and I really appreciate that. The aim for next season is to try to sustain a first team place or just be around the first team for the future. [On the UEFA European Under-19 Championship] We've got England, Georgia and Belgium in our group so it will be a great experience. I've been involved a couple times, in Serbia and Holland, but this is the big championships so hopefully we can progress. It will be good to see the standard of talent that other countries have. We have got a really strong squad and it will be good to see what we are like against their outfits."

February 26th 2015: "I wouldnt say it's been frustrating because I've been involved with the first-team all season. But hopefully now I can start getting a bit more game time under my belt. I've had a wee run in the team since Christmas. Before that, we were going through a wee bad patch and the manager at the time decided he would go with the more experienced lads. It was working so I couldn't have any complaints. But injuries again have given me another chance. Now I need to take it. It's a big chance for all the young boys to showcase themselves. The new manager is not scared to put the young boys in. He showed at Hearts that he believes if you are good enough, you are old enough. That's a positive for the young guys like me. We know if we work hard there is every chance we will get into the side. The tempo of our training sessions has been higher and there is a good atmosphere about the place. Guys like Chris Johnston and Tope Obadeyi have been told to go out and express themselves as well. They are not scared to make mistakes. That's been working for us as well. The manager is a good guy and the place feels brighter. He knows it's in his hands to get the job. If the players do well he will keep it."

May 28th 2015: “I am delighted to have signed on again for the club. My goal for 2015/16 is to firmly establish myself in the first team with the hope of helping the club achieve a top six spot”.

November 7th 2015: "I made my debut in defence under Kenny Shiels but this season I started off in midfield before being shifted about a bit. But I've settled in at right-back the last few games and I feel like I've done well. Hopefully I can kick on now. The manager last year told me he saw me as a midfielder but this year he's told me that since I've done well at right-back, there's no reason why I can't stay there for the rest of the season. To be honest, I'm not too bothered where I play. Any game time is a bonus and I just want to play. During the international break back in September the gaffer had us in doing double sessions every day and that paid off in our fitness levels. Once we got one result under our belt our confidence levels then went up and we kicked on from there. We were disappointed to lose last week as it was a game we could have won. If we'd have done that, it would have kept our run towards the top six on track. But it was a minor setback and there's no reason why we can't kick on again this Saturday. The difference was that when we were losing at the start of the season we were playing terribly. But against Motherwell we didn't play badly at all and it could have gone either way. We just need to shake it out of our system and go again when we travel to Perth."

 

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