It has emerged that Brighton and Hove Albion will allow Shane Duffy to leave Celtic in the January transfer window only on one condition.
A few months ago, Celtic fans could not wait for the club to sign Shane Duffy. A few months on and the picture has changed quite drastically though. Now, they cannot wait for the Republic of Ireland international to leave the club.
And it is hard to blame them considering the performances Duffy has put in since moving to Parkhead. He looks completely out of his depth in Scotland, which is quite a surprise considering the fact that he had a decent spell in the Premier League.
It just does not look like Celtic’s style of football suits the defender. He is someone who does well in a team that sits deep and has everybody behind the ball. It is quite different at a club of this size though and one can only blame the recruitment team for not identifying the obvious weakness in Duffy’s game.
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It also looks like the club does not have a lot of say in matters when it comes to cutting short the loan deal. Brighton and Hove Albion appear to be holding all the cards and according to The Sun (via 67 Hail Hail) they will allow the centre-back to leave the Hoops in the middle of the season if they can find another club for him.
They are also looking for a team who will pay his entire salary, which is believed to be around £45,000 per week. And to be very honest, after Duffy’s displays this season, it is very unlikely for a club to be willing to make that sort of investment for him. Thus, it is more than likely that he will end up spending the entire season at Parkhead.
It looks like the Celtic board were clearly desperate to get the deal over the line in the summer and allowed Brighton and Hove Albion to dictate the terms of the deal. They must be kicking themselves now.