Shane Duffy has claimed that the critics won’t affect his Celtic performances, and he is strong enough to deal with any stick that he gets, reports RTE.

Shane Duffy has not had the best start to his Celtic career, to put it mildly. A series of poor displays led to him missing out on Celtic’s most recent game, the victory over Motherwell.

Unsurprisingly, there have been critics of Duffy’s performances since he joined the Hoops from Brighton, and as reported by the Scotsman Neil Lennon was moved to defend the player the last month.

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Now the player has spoken out on his start to life in Glasgow, and he is confident that he will come good.

“I’m mentally strong”

“I’m mentally strong and I can deal with this kind of stuff. It’s just a tough time where performances sometimes don’t go where you want. I’ve got managers who believe in me, and I believe in myself” Duffy said, as quoted by RTE.

 

“That’s what I’ve got to do – keep cracking on. I know it just doesn’t change overnight. So I’ll keep trying, keep learning. It’ll take a lot more than what they’re doing at the minute to keep me down” he concluded.

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Those are all fine words from Duffy. However, they need to be backed up by performances on the park. The player will know that himself. After all, he is a Celtic fan, and he knows that if you don’t perform for Celtic then there is a good chance then you will be out of the team.

Has backing of manager

It is also a good sign that the player has the backing of the manger, and he also thinks he himself will come good. Is that misplaced confidence? Possibly. Although it is better to have a player with a high opinion of himself than have one with a low opinion of himself.

Celtic defender Shane Duffy

Celtic defender Shane Duffy / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Many players have recovered from slow starts to Celtic, and gone on to have great careers. Stan Petrov springs to mind, for example.

Hopefully Duffy will be the next player to join that list.

In other news, Greg Taylor could have to leave Celtic on loan to keep his Euro 2020 dream alive.

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