Shane Duffy could be allowed to leave Celtic if Brighton can find suitors for a second loan spell, according to the Sun on Sunday (10/01, page 58).
Duffy has had an absolute nightmare spell in Glasgow. Despite being given 18 appearances in Glasgow this season (Transfermarkt), nothing has gone right for him. A combination of positional errors combined with dreadful distribution from the back has been evident too often.
So much so that Neil Lennon has barely been able to rely on him consistently. Duffy has found himself in and out of the side in stages this term. Most recently, he’s been dropped for games against Hamilton and Rangers respectively.
However, the Sun on Sunday reports that a January exit could be an option. That’s only if Brighton can find another club to take him between now and the end of the season.
The report also states that the English Premier League club want his full wages covered. This could potentially be an issue given Duffy is reportedly on £45k per week.
Shane Duffy likely staying put at Celtic; can’t be any demand for the Brighton man
Firstly, any club that takes Duffy will need to have been impressed by him this season. Nobody is going to take a player who’s making the quantity of errors the Irishman is. As much as it’s a deal we would all like to see cancelled.
Secondly, his wages will pose a big problem. Yes clubs are more equipped down south to pay big-money wages. However, 45k per week? Given what Duffy has been producing in Scotland? It would take a real desperate manager or club to take that chance.
Here on 67HH, we’ve been one of the first to give Duffy umpteen chances this season. And that’s how many he’s been given. He’s consistently had opportunities to hit the reset button in Glasgow and start again. But the problem is he continues to make the same basic errors consistently.
Against Rangers last weekend for example, the towering defender passes the ball straight to Ryan Kent. He then picked up a ridiculous booking that reeked of immaturity. He’s struggling under the pressure up here, and given it’s now January, there are no signs of that changing.
Celtic have locked themselves into a deal that’s tricky to get out of. Duffy stated at the start of his loan spell that Celtic pay his full wages. That’s one heck of an outlay. Brighton won’t want that hitting their bank account again unless they can find a swift loan elsewhere.
Given our need for centre-backs at the moment, Neil Lennon may also want to keep a hold of him for now. But if we sign a replacement before the window is out, this is a loan we should end if any opportunity to do so arises.