Shane Duffy apologises to Celtic supporters; explains poor form

By John McGinley

August 20, 2021

Former Celtic defender Shane Duffy has apologised to supporters for his poor form last season that contributed to a disastrous campaign.

Celtic’s much-hyped 2020/21 season fell apart, with Duffy one of the most criticised players after his big-money loan move from English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

Duffy admits it wasn’t good enough and has moved to say sorry and provide a bit of context this week.

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Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Brighton’s match against Watford, he said: “I was going through a difficult time off the pitch. That affected training every day, and then affected a Saturday, and the fans didn’t deserve that – I put my hands up and apologise for that. There were a lot of things wrong, and the table spoke for itself at the end of the season.

“I had a drive from Glasgow to Brighton that took me seven hours, so I had a long think. I spoke to myself, spoke to people I trust, and went over the summer and surrounded myself with good people.

“I let some people go who weren’t the best thing for me at the moment. That’s what sort of happened, I surrounded myself with good people, made better decisions off the pitch, and I can feel myself improving on the pitch already.”

Last term is one Duffy and Celtic will want to quickly forget about. However, I am pleased he is in a happier place and dealing with his off the pitch problems in a more constructive way.

Celtic fans are also moving on from a damaging season. Ange Postecoglou has brought new hope to the support, with the stadium rocking once again.

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I don’t see Duffy as a villain and more of a signing that was made for the wrong reasons at the wrong time. Ultimately it’s not his fault that staff at the club thought he’d be a good fit for Neil Lennon’s team.

Hopefully he goes on to have a good season in England, with Celtic also doing the business north of the border.

In other news, St Mirren will travel to Celtic Park tomorrow without manager Jim Goodwin.