It is safe to say that Neil Lennon was impressed by the new Celtic signing’s performance against Ross County as he hailed him as ‘peerless’.
Celtic have done some impressive business in the current transfer window. The extension of Mohamed Elyounoussi’s loan for another season coupled with the permanent signings of Vasilis Barkas, David Turnbull and Albian Ajeti would have been a brilliant window in itself.
But the signing of Shane Duffy on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion is arguably the crowned jewel of this transfer window. The Republic of Ireland international is a proven Premier League defender but had fallen down the pecking order after the arrival of new manager Graham Potter.
The boyhood Celtic fan seems absolutely delighted to have signed for the Hoops and he will know very well what 10IAR means to the supporters. While he has not been the most active recently, his performance against Ross County shows that he will be an asset to the club on both ends of the pitch. After all, it’s not everyday that you both score and keep clean-sheet on your debut. And he is expected to get only better as his fitness improves.
It goes without saying that Neil Lennon is absolutely delighted with having Shane Duffy at the club. As reported by the Irish Times, the Celtic boss said:
“Shane had the two games for Ireland which will have done him the world of good.
“He hadn’t played that much football. Same with Ajeti, he needed a run out and today he’s produced a great striker’s goal.
“Shane, we all know what the club means to him, but to score on his debut was just great. I think after the goal he just looked peerless, just outstanding.
“That will give him a lot of confidence. He’s getting used to us, our style of play and we’re getting used to him. But it’s been a good day’s work for him.”
That is what Celtic fans will be hoping for as well. Duffy’s arrival has already brought some much needed flexibility to the club, allowing them to deploy a 3-5-2. And that has paid dividends already with a 5-0 win away at Ross County.