Shane Duffy hits the right notes off the pitch; dismisses talk of Celtic January departure

By David Walton

December 14, 2020

Celtic centre-back Shane Duffy has finally ruled out any chance of moving back to Brighton in January as he reaffirmed his commitment to Parkhead.

Duffy’s first several months at the club couldn’t have gone more disastrously as calamity after calamity has haunted him up here. He made a host of crucial individual mistakes in a series of important games for Celtic, and it looked as though his opportunities here were over.

However, after being taken out of the team for a few weeks, Duffy was reintroduced against Lille on Thursday night. An impressive performance there was followed by another commanding display against St Johnstone yesterday.

There’s now genuine hope that he’s turned a corner in his Celtic career, and Duffy himself has now dismissed any talk of his loan spell being cut short early.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Duffy said: “I don’t listen to that. I don’t know where it has come from. I’m here.

“It would be a coward of me to leave without producing. It’s not in me and I would never do that.”

Nothing to gain from leaving next month

From Duffy’s perspective, there’s absolutely no reason to leave Celtic in January. It’s difficult to pinpoint even one positive that would come from it.

Considering he’s way down the pecking order with Brighton, it would suit his career best to stay in Glasgow and try to turn things around. It’s promising to see that he’s willing to put the work in and do that.

Duffy isn’t as bad a player as the one we’ve seen since he signed in the summer. Everything has just blown up, and you have to hope that his dismal run of form was just that – a poor run that’s now being overturned.

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

The Ireland international now has a massive chance to continue his Celtic renaissance with a Scottish Cup final against Hearts next week. He’s yet to win a trophy with the club, and experiencing cup final success could also be yet another timely boost for him.

In fact, looking at the next few games on the agenda, Celtic are in a good place to build some momentum. Duffy could feature against Hearts, Ross County, Hamilton, and Dundee United before Ibrox. These are all matches that Duffy must fancy playing in and bossing it in.

Let’s see if he can finally start turning this year into something special. Goodness knows we all want him to succeed in green and white.