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Irish defender Shane Duffy has confirmed his switch to Celtic.
The 28-year-old will join Neil Lennon’s side on a season-long loan. Duffy will be hoping for game time after falling down the pecking order at Brighton and Hove Albion. For instance, the likes of Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, and Ben White have all been preferred.
He managed just 19 appearances last season. By comparison, in 18/19 he played 35 times. Likewise, he featured 37 times the season previous.
My dream to play for Celtic is here. I can’t thank everyone enough who helped me get this move done . I will give it my everything for this club to succeed while I am here now let’s go do it I CANT wait ☘️💚 pic.twitter.com/J5wFWdi5UV
— Shane Duffy (@shaneduffy) September 2, 2020
Neil Lennon spoke to Celtic FC’s website about the move. Firstly, he stated that the signing was “a real coup for the club”. Secondly, he referred to Shane as “a leader and a warrior”.
Duffy is looking forward to helping the Glasgow side. This season they challenge for their tenth League title in succession. He had a chance to speak about the move. “I just can’t wait to start working with the Manager, the staff, and the players.”
Duffy completed his medical in Dublin to facilitate the move. Currently, he is on international duty. As a result, the former Everton player had to seal the deal remotely.
Duffy a Key Man for Ireland
The Irish squad have flown to Sofia ahead of their game with Bulgaria. This will be Stephen Kenny’s debut as an international manager. Duffy is expected to feature heavily in the coming fixtures. The Nation’s League opener against Bulgaria kicks off at 19.45. After that, the Irish host Finland in Dublin on the 6th.
More international games arrive in October and November. Therefore, Duffy can impress Kenny from Celtic. Kenny’s arrival has been long-awaited. He will bring some exciting prospects to the team. However, Duffy’s place in the back four is likely to remain.