Shane Duffy has made an admission about his bad performances since joining Celtic on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.
A couple of months ago, Celtic fans were calling for the club to get a deal for Shane Duffy over the line. The defender had proved himself in the Premier League and was a lifelong supporter of the Hoops. Having fallen out of favour at Brighton and Hove Albion, it looked like a match made in heaven and a season-long loan was completed. It is safe to say things have not gone as expected since then.
He has looked completely out of his depth over the past few weeks and looks like a mistake waiting to happen at the back at this point of time. That is an incredible downfall for someone who was expected to cruise through Scottish football when he arrived.
Duffy seems to be aware of his terrible form though but it looks like he is ready to fight for his place in the team. As reported by RTE, the Republic of Ireland international said:
“It’s a difficult time, but I’m not the first footballer to go through it and I won’t be the last.
“I’m mentally strong and I can deal with this kind of stuff. It’s just a tough time where performances sometimes don’t go where you want.
“I’m positive. I’ve got managers who believe in me, and I believe in myself. I’ve got good family and friends around me who push me, and good pros who have been there and done it.
“That’s what I’ve got to do – keep cracking on. I know it just doesn’t change overnight. So I’ll keep trying, keep learning. It’ll take a lot more than what they’re doing at the minute to keep me down.”
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Duffy was brought in after both Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien came under criticism for failing to deal with physical players. But now it looks like Lennon might be forced to go back to that duo when the Frenchman is fit again.
While there is no doubting the fact that Duffy is good defender, he might just not be the right fit for Celtic. He is someone who does not have brilliant ball playing skills and that has been exposed at times playing for the Hoops, who generally have the lion’s share of the ball in most games.
He is here for the season though so let’s just hope that he can find a way to make things work and contribute to the team. We all know what it means to Duffy himself to be a part of this 10IAR campaign and he certainly brings something different to the table. It’s just a matter of how we can get the best out of those qualities while hiding his shortcomings.