Chris Sutton has said that he feels an element of sympathy of recent Celtic signing Shane Duffy, as he endures a difficult start to his Celtic career, but he has called on the player to take the steps to ‘simplify’ his game, making the comments whilst appearing on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra.
It is fair to say that so far Duffy hasn’t had the best start to his time at the club. He looked poor in the recent defeats to Milan and Rangers. Indeed, on 67HH we even published an article discussing how poor Duffy has looked at times.
Not fair to put blame on player for Hoops struggles
However, Sutton has said that it isn’t really all that fair to put the blame on Duffy for Celtic’s current woes, although he does admit that the player can do more to make it easier for himself.
“I’ve got an element of sympathy for him. I do think that he needs to simplify his game. He’s come up to Celtic, and I think Celtic thought they were getting a rugged proper defender…one thing he is not is a ball-playing centre-half… I think some of the criticism is ott (over the top), I think he’s the type of character that will relish that, and want to show that he is a decent player and will want to put things right” Sutton said, whilst appearing on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra (18:40, 23/10/20).
In other words, Sutton seems to want the player to stop trying to play ‘Hollywood’ type passes and just concentrate at what he is good at – which is proper defending, such as winning headers and making challenges.
Manager has other players who can play out from the back
If Neil Lennon wants to keep on playing the ball from out of defence, then he has got Kris Ajer who is capable of doing that.
There is still plenty of time for Shane Duffy to make the most of his time at Celtic. However, he does perhaps have to make some changes to his game. Working with the Celtic coaching staff could help to do that.
Hopefully we will see Duffy make the changes to his game vs Aberdeen, and he can stick to what he does best – solid, rugged, defending.