Pundit tips Celtic to get rid of struggling star in January

The pundit has tipped Celtic to get rid of the player in January after he has struggled for the Hoops since joining the club.

Most of the blame for Celtic’s disastrous performances this season has fallen on the shoulders of Neil Lennon. And perhaps rightfully so, since the manager has failed to find a way to turn things around for the club. But it is undeniable that the players deserve their fair share of the blame as well.

One of the biggest flops for the club has been Shane Duffy. The Republic of Ireland international arrived in the summer on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion. Judging by his performances in the Premier League, he was expected to hit the ground running for the Hoops and establish himself as one of the best defenders in Scotland.

His arrival was celebrated by the fans. A lifelong Celtic supporter coming to Parkhead to help secure 10IAR. It is safe to say, things have not gone to plan since then. And former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell believes that it might not be long before the club decide to send him back.

Speaking with Football Insider, he said:

“Shane Duffy has been highly successful in the Premier League and you would have expected him to hit the ground running.

“But Celtic have not been playing well, it is not just him. They have been conceding cheap goals and struggling to score.

“They are not blowing teams away anymore so every player will be looked at. The club may look at the Duffy situation and see it as a cost they do not need. That is probably the way they are looking at it.”

Celtic are currently paying all of Duffy’s wages and reportedly paid a large loan fee to bring him to Parkhead as well. And till now, it is safe to say that they are not seeing a return on that investment. Thus, it would not be a massive surprise if they do decide to get rid of him in January.

In fact, it has looked like they are preparing for life after Duffy already. After starting a series of games for the Hoops, he has not been involved in the first-team picture for quite a few weeks now. And although that has not led to an improvement in performances, it does appear like his time at Parkhead is up.

Defence has probably been the biggest area of weakness for the Hoops this season. The board would be wise to shake things up at the back by bringing in a couple of new faces in January. For that to happen, they need to let go of a few players first. And Duffy appears to be the man on top of that list.