Shane Duffy admits he hit "rock bottom" at Celtic

By David Walton

August 16, 2021

Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy has stated that he was in a really low place during his Celtic spell last season as he missed Brighton.

Duffy was signed by Neil Lennon on a season-long loan move last summer. The big Irishman was billed as the man who was going to solve Celtic’s defensive issues. However, he instead mad ea host of horrific individual errors that led to him becoming a joke figure in Scottish football.

Things couldn’t have gone any worse, with Celtic going trophyless for the season too. Duffy made 25 appearances for his boyhood heroes, but it wasn’t the walk in the park we all expected it to be [Transfermarkt].

Now he’s back at Brighton and was heavily involved in pre-season. He was also given 90 minutes by Graham Potter in Saturday’s 2-1 opening day win against Burnley too;

And as he reflected on where his career is at, he stated that he couldn’t wait to get back down to Brighton. As quoted by Sussex Live, Duffy said: “When you hit rock bottom that is the reality a lot was going wrong off the field, which was difficult for me and I had to mentally go through that and that was tough. So, until you get to that moment you get there and realise you have got to change something.

“It feels like I have come home. It is a different feeling when you put that shirt back on and it really is a special club for me. Even when I missed it I probably missed it too much and I wanted to come back, so it was down to me and this club means a lot in my heart at the minute.

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“So, when you go away from it you realise what you are missing and that is what I have reflected on over the summer and it is now up to me and what the manager wants and we have just got to keep working hard together.”

Shane Duffy suffered from a massive confidence crisis at Celtic Park

In all seriousness, Duffy isn’t as bad a player as what he showed at Celtic Park. Anyone who’s watched him in the English Premier League knows that to be the case.

However, what he did suffer from was a major confidence crisis that just grew arms and legs. He never recovered from the first Glasgow Derby defeat of last season at Parkhead. He made a host of unusually clumsy mistakes and you could see the pressure was getting to him.

Combined with his off-field troubles, Duffy was clearly struggling to cope with the pressure of making it at Celtic. It’s something the Ireland international had undoubtedly dreamed of growing up. Unfortunately, the reality was that he failed to take his big chance.

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Duffy also clearly wasn’t suited to playing a high line at the back. With Brighton, he’s used to everything being in front of him. Given how deep they defend, it suits Duffy’s rough and tumble style. Contrastingly, his lack of pace was continually caught out in Glasgow given how high up he was operating.

So there’s more to it than just this idea that Duffy is a poor player. Hopefully, he can rediscover his form with Brighton this season and move on.

It should’ve been a match made in heaven, but Celtic and Duffy were just never meant to be.

In other news, Liel Abada should be fit for Celtic vs Alkmaar on Wednesday night