Shane Duffy’s Celtic career has certainly not been a quiet one so far. The player has yet to turn in a really convincing display so far in his time at the club.
However, an interesting statistic shows that even though he has not played that well, Duffy is still capable of helping the Hoops gain a result.
Let’s examine the game against Lille in the Europa League on Thursday. All the talk will probably be about the rash challenge he made in the first-half to concede a penalty. However, even though that was a mistake, no harm was done as Scott Bain saved the spot kick.
Far more clearances than any other player
What won’t be discussed, and probably should be is a rather telling statistic about Duffy’s performance. As revealed on WhoScored.Com, Duffy had a total of eight defensive clearances in the game, far more than any other Celtic player.
Oddly enough, the second highest total in the team came from Mo Elyounoussi with two clearances. Some people might be thinking – so what, defensive clearances, they aren’t a big deal. However, they are when you are under constant attack in the second-half, like Celtic were.
That statistic will please Neil Lennon. He has been a constant defender of Duffy since he joined Celtic.
Has chance to impress in Hampden semi-final
Duffy will have a chance to impress for the Hoops in the team’s next game. That is against Aberdeen in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final.
It won’t be easy for Duffy, as he will most likely be playing in another different defensive partner. This time in a back four alongside Nir Bitton, as Kristoffer Ajer is a doubt after suffering an injury against Lille.
If Duffy can stick to the simple stuff, such as clearances and doesn’t do anything rash, like the challenge which led to the penalty in France, he can have a good game against Aberdeen. It is time to focus on the positives at Celtic, no more dwelling on the negative, and Duffy’s eight clearances were certainly a positive.