Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hit back at former Republic of Ireland international and media pundit Gary Breen after his comments about Shane Duffy’s move to the club.
Breen called into question Duffy’s ability to stay sharp for Ireland games after his loan switch from Premier League side Brighton, also suggesting he’ll pick up bad playing habits because of the standard of football in Scotland, as we discussed earlier this week.
Lennon was not happy in his press conference today.
Speaking on the club’s official YouTube channel, he said: “Gary’s comments are totally unnecessary, unfounded and there’s no substance to them whatsoever. Completely wrong. That’s someone that doesn’t know the game up here.
“I think this will be great for Shane’s career, great for his profile – it’ll make him a better player and that means a better player for Ireland as well.
“He had a great debut and got better as the game went on so he should take a lot of confidence from that and everyone was delighted for him.”
That will hopefully be the end of the matter now and there’s no doubt in my mind that Duffy will go on to be a fantastic Celtic signing.
He’s a proud Irishman too and is hardly going to take his responsibilities there for granted. He’ll be every bit the passionate leader he’s always been.
There has been a lot of ill-informed punditry aimed at the club in recent weeks.
While criticism of our Champions League exit was merited, and welcome, some of it has been over the top and singling out individuals such as Vasilis Barkas, Duffy and others is odd to say the least.
Hopefully all of Lennon’s men can go on to shout the doubters up over the course of the next 12 months.