Shane Duffy brilliantly responds to fan protests and gatherings outside Celtic Park

By John McGinley

December 14, 2020

Celtic defender Shane Duffy was delighted to see strong support from fans outside the stadium on Sunday.

Fans congregated to protest the direction of the club under the current board but stayed on to provide tremendous backing for the players as the team bus pulled into Paradise.

Boyhood supporter Duffy so far hasn’t been able to experience the full passion of a Celtic matchday but got ‘goosebumps’ hearing the roar and singing of the gathering ahead of the Kilmarnock match.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I love seeing it. Listen, there’s been ugly scenes and that’s not really what Celtic is about.

“The stuff today with them backing you. It gives you goosebumps. I wish the stadium was full and I could really experience it, but I’m hoping I get the chance. It’s a special club with special supporters.

“We know they are always behind us. As any supporter is, they are frustrated as they know there is a lot more in the team and we haven’t shown it.

“We’ve had a terrible Europa League, the Rangers game and a couple of draws. They are frustrated and I understand it. I’ve grown up with it all my life.”

Clearly, the Republic of Ireland captain was inspired, getting himself on the scoresheet in the second half to seal a crucial Scottish Premiership win.

Duffy’s had a tough time of it this year and, separated from his family and living in a new country in the midst of a global pandemic can’t be easy.

Celtic defender Shane Duffy powers home a header vs Kilmarnock / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He’ll be the last one to make excuses for himself, but the situation must have played a factor in his poor form this season, especially with his father sadly passing away earlier this year.

His performances for the last two matches have undoubtedly been improved and hopefully he can stay on this track now and find consistency.

In other news, Celtic have been linked with another Manchester United star.