Celtic defender Shane Duffy leaves Dubai training camp for family reasons

By Euan Davidson

January 5, 2021

Celtic star Shane Duffy has left the club’s Dubai training camp, citing family reasons.

The Republic of Ireland captain has had an incredibly stressful twelve months, with the loss of his father in May (Belfast Telegraph). The Derry resident was just 53 when he passed away; an awful set of circumstances in a particularly brutal year.

The Brighton loanee has found it difficult to settle at Celtic, and the Daily Record reports that his departure from the training camp is for personal family matters.

Duffy, capped 41 times by the Ireland national team, has made 20 appearances in a difficult spell at Celtic Park (Transfermarkt).


Celtic defender Shane Duffy takes down Ryan Kent / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Questionable Celtic trip delivered another blow with Shane Duffy news

The training camp in the United Arab Emirates has come under heavy criticism from fans around Scotland, as well as the Government (Glasgow Live).

According to Glasgow Live, “professional sport is exempt and the travel corridor between Scotland and UAE means Celtic were free to go without breaking any rules.”

Still, there is pressure on the SFA to look at whether Celtic’s foreign travel could have been prevented, with Scotland going into lockdown once more (Sky News).

The pressure on the club from all sides will be getting to manager Neil Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell. The two have already had their share of critics this season.

For our part, we don’t think Celtic should have been travelling to Dubai at all, at any time.

The club going to the UAE in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic is in bad taste. It adds a wrinkle to an already frustrating scenario.

Now with Duffy leaving the camp, Lennon will be tearing his hair out. Recent photographs of Celtic players and staff drinking pints (Caught Offside) have infuriated a number of supporters.

It’s not the kind of behaviour you expect from our club. Especially given that Celtic went 19 points behind our bitter rivals at the weekend.

How Celtic attempt to recover this situation will be very interesting indeed. With plenty of football still to play in 20-21, we can only wait and see what happens next.