Celtic might have the opportunity to cut short Shane Duffy’s loan deal in January if rumours about him being wanted down South are indeed accurate.
It is safe to say that Shane Duffy has been a massive flop since moving to Celtic on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer. And the club could very well be tempted to cut their losses if the opportunity arose to send him back.
When he arrived in Scotland, he was expected to establish himself as one of the best defenders in the league. It was believed that he was just the type of no nonsense defender that the Hoops needed in order to make sure that 10IAR was secured. Reality has been very different.
According to The Scottish Sun, the opportunity to let him go might now be on the table. Nottingham Forest have reportedly made an approach to Brighton and Hove Albion about the availability of the defender, who has endured a nightmare spell at Parkhead over the past several months.
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Now, the ball might very well be in Celtic’s court about whether they are willing to let the defender leave this month. That would represent a massive financial blow though as the club are reported to have paid a seven-figure loan fee to sign him along with his huge weekly wages.
Another worry right now is the lack of defenders at the club. After 13 first-team players were placed in isolation, Duffy featured against Hibernian along side Stephen Welsh in the heart of defence.
As a result, the Hoops do have a tough decision on their hands. While based on his performances, they should cut their losses and try to sign a different defender this month, the club’s current situation might not leave them without a choice other than holding on to Duffy for the foreseeable future. But then, that’s just typical of how this season has turned out for them and should not be surprise at all.