Celtic pair Shane Duffy and Scott Brown set for Christmas Day assessments

By David Walton

December 24, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has stated that both Scott Brown and Shane Duffy will be assessed for Christmas Day.

Both men missed yesterday’s 2-0 win against Ross County at Parkhead through injury. Both injuries seemingly occured in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on Sunday, when Celtic won the quadruple-treble on penalties.

The pair both had to be taken off as extra-time ensued. This led to another opportunity for Ismaila Soro to impress against the Staggies – and he did just that.

But as for both Brown and Duffy’s prospective returns, Lennon expects them to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Hamilton. Updating Celtic fans on their state of play, the manager said the following as quoted by the Scottish Sun:

“Both of them were struggling after the final but we will assess them on Christmas Day and hopefully they make it.”

No reason for Brown to return; Duffy’s Celtic renaissance still ongoing

Considering the game at Accies will be on astroturf, you can see Brown missing this one. Regardless of whether he’s fit to play, you can’t see the Celtic captain making an appearance. Not with the need to be careful with him.

Combine that with the fact that Soro has done nothing to lose his place over and it makes the decision an easy one for Lennon. Even so, none of us want Brown to be out for a substantial period of time. He can still be an extremely useful addition from the bench.

As for Duffy, that’s another matter. He looked to be putting some building blocks in place recently. His displays against Lille and Kilmarnock were promising showings. Granted, he then made a big error to allow Liam Boyce to score for Hearts on Sunday.

Celtic’s Shane Duffy lifts the Scottish Cup / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But overall he still has a Celtic renaissance that’s ongoing for now. He remains in a decent place and probably would’ve started last night had he been available to play.

Should he pass his fitness test tomorrow then he’ll likely start at Accies. Chris Jullien needs a long-term partner, and with Kris Ajer operating so efficiently at right-back, Duffy has a chance to make himself that man.

So we’ll see how things go tomorrow. Hopefully, both men come through their assessments with no real concerns.

In other news, an old Brendan Rodgers Celtic signing has just been given a huge honour in the USA.