St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin thinks new signing Shane Duffy can be a ‘big, big’ player for Celtic, talking up the Bhoys ahead of Wednesday night’s Scottish Premiership clash.

As quoted by Not The Old Firm, he said: “They’re obviously going to try and make history and are coming into this game off the back of a really good performance up at Ross County.

“Neil Lennon has definitely strengthened with the signings he’s made in the last few weeks. I think Shane Duffy coming in is a terrific signing, an Irish international still at a great age with really good experience down in England.

Shane Duffy heads home his first Celtic goal

Shane Duffy scores on his Celtic debut / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

“I think he can be a big, big player for them and added to that, (Albian) Ajeti and (Odsonne) Edouard looked really good at the weekend as well. I think once they get him (Ajeti) up to speed, along with Edouard then they’ve got a really good striking partnership.”

Goodwin has it tough right now with a COVID-19 outbreak at the club limiting his goalkeeping options.

He had to sign Bobby Zlamal on an emergency loan ahead of their weekend match and the Hearts man will again feature against Celtic tomorrow night.

 

St Mirren are a hard-working club who have established themselves at Premiership level but I get the sense that the Bhoys will be out to punish them.

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Celtic in action against St Mirren

Celtic in action against St Mirren / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A chance to build

Having played well against County and clicking in the second half, our attacking players will be thirsty to show they have the clinical edge that was missing in the early stages of the season.

That, coupled with the Buddies’ fragility at the moment adds up to nothing but a comfortable win for Neil Lennon’s men.

The manager is likely to again deploy his big hitters in Paisley in a 3-5-2 set-up that has the potential to unlock to full potential of his stars.

It good be a long night for Goodwin, as harsh as that is this week.

In other news, Charlton have told Celtic they won’t sell Alfie Doughty.

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