English Premier League star John Egan has hit out at recent negativity surrounding Shane Duffy’s loan move from Brighton to Celtic.
Last week, retired Ireland international Gary Breen said it was a “concern” that Duffy ditched the Premier League to head up to Glasgow. He even claimed that Duffy could learn some “bad habits” during his time in Scotland (Off the Ball).
In fairness, the comments were widely ridiculed by almost everyone who replied to them. Duffy himself even hit back at the claims and reaffirmed his belief that the move to Parkhead was the right one (FourFourTwo).
And now his Ireland partner Egan has admitted he can’t believe any negativity surrounding the move either.
As quoted by the Irish Examiner, Egan said: “I don’t know where the negativity comes into things. It’s all about playing football, trying to win games of football and doing well yourself.
“Celtic is a huge club, especially for Irish players, it’s probably the most supported club around, so I think it’s great for him. He’s made an unbelievable start there, so his confidence is going to be sky-high. It’s brilliant for him.
“I’d always keep an eye on Celtic, and I know Shane a long time, since we played underage for Ireland. It’s great to try and form a partnership with him, and the more games we play together the better it’ll get.”
Celtic certainly have plenty of defenders out there
Egan’s comments are pleasant to see from a Celtic perspective. He’s showing an acknowledgement of what we can bring to Duffy’s game, and as a Premier League player, it’s good to see that understanding.
Of course, Egan will be hoping just as much as anyone that Parkhead can be a place for Duffy to settle and perform on a weekly basis. Both men are due to line-up together in Bratislava against Slovakia at the start of next month for their country. Nobody will be more pleased to see Duffy start well.
As things stand, it would be a stretch to say that the new man has shored up the backline. Celtic are still leaking goals, but given we’re now playing in a new 3-5-2 system, the defence – Duffy included – is there to be got at on the counter.
But many acknowledge that this was most certainly the right move for the Ireland veteran. Fellow international colleague Jeff Hendrick was also bigging the move up when it was first announced at the start of the month (The 42).
Duffy has also explained in the past how his Ireland boss Stephen Kenny was delighted with his move to Parkhead, acknowledging what it could bring to his game and, subsequently, to the Ireland camp (FourFourTwo).
So it’s clear the club has plenty of defenders in Ireland, regardless of Breen’s baseless criticism last week.