Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has doubled down on Shane Duffy as he urged the Hoops to cut their losses in January.
Duffy has had a disappointing first half of the season in Glasgow after signing on loan from Brighton in the summer. The Ireland captain is scheduled to be in Glasgow for the full campaign. However, with Celtic paying all of his wages, question marks have arisen over whether this deal is worth it.
In recent weeks, Duffy has gone through something of a mini-renaissance. He performed well against Lille before netting vs Kilmarnock. He then performed capably in spells vs Hearts. Over the last week, however, he’s been out of the starting line-up through injury.
McAvennie last week had a pop at him and believed the best course of action was for him to leave next month (Celtic Huddle Podcast). Today he’s offered the same verdict as he believes the deal is causing Celtic “more harm than good”.
As quoted by Football Insider, Macca said: “I think Duffy should go back in January.
“He has not hit the ground running. It is unfortunate, I was hoping for somebody to come up and lead that defence but he is doing more harm than good. I would send him back and get somebody else in. The club is paying good money for him. They need to go out and sign a player who can sort out that defence.
“Ajer and Jullien do not like the physical side and I think that is why they brought Duffy in but I think his legs have gone.”
Celtic must give Duffy time to see how his comeback goes
Brighton boss Graham Potter poured cold water over the idea of him cutting his time at Parkhead short (Glasgow Live). Dependent on the terms of the loan agreement, it remains to be seen who can make the decision to cut this short.
But for me, it really is time to get behind him again. He’s come through a storm and a barrage of criticism recently after a tough 2020 for him personally. He’s put in some decent displays even if things did look a touch concerning again against Hearts.
It’s anyone’s guess as to whether he starts against Dundee United on Wednesday or vs Rangers on Saturday. The fact is though that this is probably Duffy’s most promising period since he signed in the summer. Every mistake he’s made has been analysed and blown up. Combine that with the fact the Rangers fans seem to have a weird obsession with him and you can see why he’s been struggling.
With a huge game at Ibrox coming up this weekend, a win there could do wonders for his confidence. It could be exactly the spark he needs to make this a fully-fledged comeback.
Macca has a good point about the money being paid for him. We haven’t been getting a return on it so far and in that sense it may be doing plenty of harm. But if Duffy can indeed find something from somewhere to lead us to th 10, it will be more than worth it.
I personally still think there’s a bit more to come from the Brighton man. He needs a bit more time and a bit more backing yet. Hopefully, he gets it and proves us all wrong over our criticism of him.