New Celtic signing Shane Duffy has shared an emotional Instagram post tonight after scoring on his debut for the Scottish Champions today.
Duffy headed home in the second half and after the match paid tribute to his late father, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
He wrote on Instagram: “Unbelievable feeling pulling on the Celtic jersey for the first time . 5-0 win clean sheet and goal for the bigman up there! Great day all round onto the next one.”
At the time of publishing, the post has been liked close to 16,000 times, a sign of the incredible pull that the new Bhoy has.
Many fellow footballing professionals such as Aston Villa and England star Jack Grealish, as well as Barcelona-conqueror Tony Watt, were also quick to respond.
It’s great to see Duffy live out his dreams at his boyhood club.
The goal has clearly resonated with him on a personal, family level and, hopefully, it’s the springboard towards further success for him in the Scottish top-flight.
I can’t wait to see how he fits in properly to Neil Lennon’s new formation.
Duffy is still getting up to full match fitness and will be delighted with his day’s work, helping his new side towards a 5-0 victory.
As it stands, it sounds like the Republic of Ireland captain is already ticking off bucket list items, just a few days into his Celtic career.
These supporters took to social media this evening to send messages to the big defender…
Good on you big man. The rock we’ve needed and make us look dangerous from set pieces. Best signing we’ve had in years hail hail big man
— Josh Rippon (@JoshRippon_cfc) September 12, 2020
Your dad will be the proudest man in heaven today big man you are just what we need and it has give the whole team a lift. Flawless today bring on the Sevco
— Caitríona Ní Chorráin (@kat_ghirl) September 12, 2020
Unbelievable watching you in our shirt today Shane. Brilliant big man 💚
— ONTO THE 10💚 (@Celtic67Champs) September 12, 2020
Get in there big man 🍀🍀
Get the importance of this title rattled into every player.
— CC (@TheLeatherBelts) September 12, 2020
Sign on a permanent please after this season, you deserve to experience Celtic Park with 60,000 of us in there in full voice!! 💪🏾👌🏾🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
— Omar Rafiq (@OmarRafiq14) September 12, 2020
All of us who’ve lost our da were with you and yer old man when you scored.
Stay at Paradise until we can give you the welcome you deserve.
— Celtic Research (@CelticResearch) September 12, 2020
I lost my Dad 2 years ago, can only imagine that feeling today, absolutely delighted for you, can’t wait to see you score one of those in person, I’m sure there will be many, go raibh maith agat 🍀
— John-Paul Mason (@PMJawn) September 12, 2020
You need to sign permanent @shaneduffy when @ScottBrown8 retires you are the man to take over as captain as can’t see another leader in our team what’s upto it. I lv broony but am sure he would be happy to pass onto you the day he hangs his boots 🍀
— celtic jaime 🍀 (official account) (@jaimelawson08) September 12, 2020