It seems that Shane Duffy’s Celtic future has been cleared up despite recent speculation suggesting otherwise.
Over the past few weeks, there was some speculation over the future of the Republic of Ireland international. It now appears that Shane Duffy will be staying with the Hoops through the end of the season, rather than returning to Brighton and Hove Albion in January
While this may not be the news fans were waiting for, regarding a player who’s form has been detrimental at points so far this season, it at least means the team will have some much needed depth in case they fail to bring in a new defender in January.
Brighton manager Graham Potter has confirmed as reported by the Brighton and Hove Independent that the recently much-maligned Irish defender will indeed stay in Glasgow for the entire season:
“It’s a season long loan.
“That’s how it has been from the start, that’s how we see it. In the season you’re going to get ups and downs.
“It’s a bit of a challenging situation, but knowing Shane he is a fighter and he’s a good character.
“He will come through and has something to prove. I am sure he will get back to being the player he will want to be and everyone knows he can be.”
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This is contrary to recent reports stating Celtic could use a clause in his loan deal to send him back to the Premier League side in January due to his poor performances through the course of the campaign.
With Celtic’s Europa League journey ending today, the best hope for Hoops fans this season is that Lennon and his side, including the underperforming Shane Duffy, can turn their fortunes around in the league without any European action to distract them. Of course, this is not ideal but at least it is finding a silver lining in a campaign filled with dark clouds.
It is also likely that the struggling side will look to bring in new faces in the January transfer window to help turn their fortunes around, with rumours swirling of the side pursuing American defender Mark McKenzie from the MLS as a potential Duffy replacement.