Brighton boss Potter delivers update on Celtic linked Shane Duffy

By Hamish Carton

August 28, 2020

Brighton boss Graham Potter has commented on Celtic linked Shane Duffy, saying he’s “happy” he’s still at the club.

Republic of Ireland international Duffy has been linked with a move to Celtic Park this summer, with the Daily Mail recently reporting that Celtic will have to part with £2million to loan him for the season.

The centre-back is wanted by lots of Hoops fans, while Neil Lennon confirmed his interest in the player last week. (BBC)

Lennon confirmed his interest in Duffy to press / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, progress on a move for Duffy has been slow, and now Potter has delivered an update on the player’s current situation.

As reported by the Scottish Sun, he said: “He trained today with us. Trained hard and trained well.

“We’re having a pool and darts competition tonight as a bit of team building, so I imagine he’ll be one of the favourites for that.

“He’s a fantastic guy. Fantastic guy. I have an amazing relationship with him.

Brighton boss Graham Potter (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

“He’s a Brighton player and we’re happy with that.”

Brighton seem happy to keep Duffy

The Celtic support probably shouldn’t read too much into Potter’s latest comments on the 28-year-old.

Despite his manager’s admiration, Duffy started none of Brighton’s last six Premier League games of the campaign.

That was also prior to the Seagulls recruiting Ajax’s Joël Veltman – an accomplished central defender.

Duffy is known to be a Celtic supporter, and keen on a move. However, it will remain to be seen whether Wednesday’s Champions League exit against Ferencvaros will have dissuaded him from moving north of the border.

It was a bleak night at Celtic Park / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

We badly need an experienced central-defender following the exit of Jozo Simunovic earlier this summer, and many are convinced Duffy is the ideal signing – even on loan.

If we can’t land the 33-time Ireland cap then who knows where that leaves us.

Potter’s comments suggest that they may not be too bothered about keeping the player on.

In other news, Celtic’s visit to Ross County on September 12th is set to be played in front of supporters