Position: Full Back, Midfield
Date of Birth: May 11th 1992.
Birth Place: Aberdeen, Scotland
Previous Clubs: Celtic, Partick T, Luton Town.
Killie Contract: July 3rd 2017 (3 Year Deal).
Killie Debut: July 14th 2017, at Ayr Utd in the Betfred League Cup.
International: Stephen left Killie equalling Joe Nibloe’s record of gaining 11 Scotland caps while representing Kilmarnock FC.
After Killie: Left Killie in May 2020, after his contract expired at the end on the 2019-20 Covid-19 stricken season "to find a new challenge".
July 3rd 2017: “I’m very excited for the start of the season, especially with a big game to (A*t Utd) start with. I’ll give one hundred percent for the club and will be looking to get forward at every opportunity. I want to play every week and play good, entertaining football.”
July 17th (on the A*r Debacle): “Everybody felt down afterwards. The players knew they let the fans down. That was a good thing as they realised how big a deal it was. It did affect us because it wasn’t good enough. But I know the manager has big ambitions for this club. This is only a short-term setback but you can’t do that against your rivals. We have the chance against Clyde to make amends and we need to take it. It was a great atmosphere at Ayr and if we’d got the result it would have been a great occasion. Sadly the performance wasn’t good enough. It is a while since Kilmarnock have won there and it would have been nice to get that monkey off our back. It is a derby and they won so they get the bragging rights until the next time.
Ayr didn’t play us off the park or pass us off the park, but they deserved to win. They got the goal and we couldn’t break them down although we were not convincing at trying to break them down. However, there are nine points still to play for in the group and we just need to make sure we collect them and qualify for the next stage. It can sometimes be a process when there are a few new players. The pre-season campaigns I had with Luton and Partick were usually turbulent. It normally takes a few games to get settled into a new way of playing. I know that is not something fans want to hear, but it will improve. The gaffer has brought in a lot of good players this summer and there is a standard we should all be meeting.”
May 13th 2018: Stephen is called up into the Full Scotland squad.
May 20th 2020: Stephen O’Donnell has made the decision to leave Kilmarnock when his deal expires at the end of the month. Since signing in the summer of 2017, Stephen has played a crucial part in a side which twice broke the club’s record points tally and the right back has written his name in our history, equalling Joe Nibloe’s record of gaining 11 Scotland caps while representing Kilmarnock FC.
Alex Dyer said: “It is never easy to see players depart the club, especially in these circumstances where the guys have not had the chance to say goodbye to the crowd and the fans have not had the opportunity to thank the players for their contribution. InIn Stephen O’Donnell’s case, we tried our very best to keep him and spoke on numerous occasions both in person and on the phone but he wants to explore his options as he’s entitled to do as a free agent. Stephen has been a fantastic player for this football club and a good person to have around the place and as is the case with all the players, we thank them for their efforts and wish them all the very best for the future".
SOD said: "Every decision you make in your career is tough but I had made my mind up a wee while back that I wanted to run my contract down, Under the old manager it was a slightly easier decision but then when Alex Dyer came in, he is someone I have a huge amount of respect for, and I love him to bits, and it made the decision certainly a lot tougher. However, I am looking for pastures new and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my career. I hold the club in great regard, I have spent three great seasons there latterly a wee bit disappointing all round, both personally and collectively, but I just feel I needed a change. I have just turned 28 and coming to a stage in my career where I want to try and achieve as much as I can".