Brighton's Lewis Dunk addresses Shane Duffy Celtic loan spell

By David Walton

September 14, 2021

Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk has been discussing Shane Duffy’s Celtic loan spell as he stated his disappointment at how things went for him.

Duffy got off to a promising start at Celtic Park. However, the clumsy mistakes started to tally up and the Republic of Ireland veteran’s confidence was soon shot. He left Scottish football, unfortunately, as a joke figure despite clearly being better than what he produced in Scotland.

The centre-back is now thriving again with Brighton after impressing in pre-season. He’s back playing alongside fellow teammate and good friend Dunk. And, what can’t be ignored, he’s clearly playing in an environment that he’s comfortable in.

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Even so, last season was a toxic time for everyone. Dunk’s been commenting on his centre-back partner’s Brighton renaissance, and stated watching him struggle at Parkhead was an uncomfortable experience.

As quoted by Sussex Live, the Englishman said: “I am buzzing for him.

“Everyone knows he has had a tough time on and off the pitch. He obviously struggled up in Scotland and it was not nice for him, it wasn’t nice to see my mate like that and he has come back in pre-season and earned the right to play. All credit to him for bouncing back and coming from a bad place to do what he is doing now is excellent.

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“He showed in the international break what a good player he is for the Republic of Ireland as well as here. I am buzzing to have him alongside me and it is a pleasure to have him back.”

Brighton man Lewis Dunk gives Shane Duffy his full backing

It’ll never truly be known what happened with Duffy at Celtic Park. What can’t be just dismissed, however, is the hurt he experienced off the pitch too. It’s important to put it all into perspective at the end of the day.

It appeared that Duffy simply struggled with the expectation that was placed on his shoulders. He’s up against better quality in the English Premier League, but you can see he plays with a lot more freedom when featuring for Brighton.

There was undoubtedly an added intensity to last season. Considering we were going for the 10 and the expectation that was on the football club, failure just wasn’t an option.

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In fairness to Duffy, he wasn’t the only one either. In fact, everyone managed to decrease in performance levels compared to the season before. Not to mention new signings such as Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti didn’t turn up either.

So the Ireland international can take solace from the fact he joined Celtic with the club not far from being in sheer disarray.

In the end, it just wasn’t meant to be. Fair play to him for battling back to get into the Brighton squad of course. It’s clearly where he feels comfortable.

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