Celtic man Shane Duffy makes social media return; Griffiths and Watt respond

By David Walton

February 9, 2021

Celtic centre-back Shane Duffy has ended his social media exodus as he re-activated his Instagram account over the weekend.

Duffy has had a torrid season at Parkhead and has become something of a joke figure this year amongst rival supporters. So much so that the big Irishman is a near-certainty not to return to Parkhead after his loan deal from Brighton expires at the end of the season.

The whole season has been a disaster, and Duffy took perhaps a wise move to lay off social media at the beginning of the year. This occurred after Celtic had lost 1-0 at Ibrox. A match in which Shane was booked in after taking out Ryan Kent.

But he’s decided to return to the platforms over the weekend and announced his Insta return with the following image, to which the likes of Leigh Griffiths and Tony Watt responded:

Shane Duffy Instagram

Shane Duffy back on social media, but will we see him back on the pitch?

It looked like the St Mirren defeat was going to be one of Duffy’s last games at Celtic. If not his last start. Especially given the fact that both Kris Ajer and Stephen Welsh appear to be developing a solid partnership.

However, it looks like he’s been given an olive branch by Neil Lennon. The Hoops boss touched on Duffy and stated he believed that he’d struggled to settle in Scotland. In addition to that, he also claimed that there was still time for him to show supporters the best of him [Scottish Sun].

That sounds ominous. After all, the only way he can do that is if Lennon gives him opportunities. It’s hardly unrealistic to think that could very well be the case. Even with Welsh and Ajer performing well, Lennon has still given Duffy plenty of chances to impress this term.

Shane Duffy’s Celtic spell has been a disaster / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In fact, the Republic of Ireland veteran has made 25 appearances for the Hoops this season [WhoScored]. He’s clearly been given chance after chance to make a positive impression. And you wouldn’t bet against him being given more of them.

His return to social media seems a bit of a bizarre one. Perhaps it’s a sign he’s ready to fight this perception those in Scotland have of him as a footballer. Perhaps this is a sign of him trying to express his character.

Regardless, his time here is surely up. There’s no retrieving this loan spell anymore  – regardless of how many symbolic images he puts on his Instagram.

In other news, the Celtic fans were left feeling vindicated by today’s SFA verdict.