Celtic boss Neil Lennon has discussed a one year loan deal with Shane Duffy, according to the Daily Mail.

And the paper also report that the Brighton defender is “keen” on a temporary move north of the border.

However, a deal to sign 33 time Republic of Ireland international Duffy remains “a long way off” according to reporter Stephen McGowan.

Shane Duffy applauds the Brighton support

Shane Duffy applauds the Brighton support (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Duffy, who still has a further three years on his contract at Brighton, featured 19 times in the Premier League last season.

He is not said to have much of a future at the Seagulls, although there is interest in his signature from top-flight trio West Ham, West Brom and Burnley.

Earlier this summer, Celtic lost Jozo Simunovic and they’re yet to replace the much maligned defender.

Jozo Simunovic left Celtic this summer

Jozo Simunovic left Celtic this summer (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Duffy would give Lennon a third central-defensive option

The Daily Mail’s McGowan is well known to be a good source of Celtic transfer news.

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He is said to be pretty close to the hierarchy at Celtic Park, and is therefore about as reliable a source for transfer news as you will find.

 

If he says our gaffer spoke with Duffy last week, then you can bet that’s exactly what happened.

Duffy is a no nonsense defender. Standing at 6ft 4in, he doesn’t tend to get ruffled by too many defenders – something that may be at the forefront of Lennon’s mind after watching Kilmarnock striker Nicke Kabamba wreak havoc at the weekend.

The Celtic defence struggled at Kilmarnock

The Celtic defence struggled at Kilmarnock (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Pool via Getty Images)

Signing the 28-year-old would give us a real bit of strength at the back, and also place less dependance on Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer.

But most importantly, it would put pressure on that duo to perform. Right now, they are both pretty much guaranteed to start even if they aren’t performing to an adequate level.

Duffy would revitalise our defence. With several years in the Premier League under his belt, this is a deal that many Celtic fans will hope can be pulled off.

In other news, Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has praised the hard work of Patryk Klimala.

 

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