Under-fire Celtic defender Shane Duffy struggled to sleep the night before our derby loss to Rangers.

That’s according to his international boss Stephen Kenny, who says the centre-back had a “major dental procedure” in the lead-up to the match.

The Irish News have some quotes from former Dunfermline boss Kenny, who has leapt to Duffy’s defence and insisted he will get out of his sticky patch for Celtic.

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The outlet also say that Duffy struggled for sleep prior to the derby, which he started and we lost 2-0.

After revealing the news about Duffy’s dental procedure, Kenny said: “Shane is a tough character.

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“There is a saying in Derry: ‘Take your oil’. Sometimes you have to accept criticism and show your qualities. The criticism isn’t even warranted. I don’t agree with it.

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“He made a mistake against Aberdeen but his performances were quite good when he went there first. It was a tough run for him, with the three games for us and the travelling.”

Kenny’s comments on Duffy are hardly surprising

With more international games on the horizon, Kenny isn’t exactly going to throw Duffy under the bus.


We shouldn’t really pay much attention to what he has to say on the defender. We all know what we are watching game in game out.

But his insight into Duffy’s sleepless night prior to the derby last month is interesting.

Should he have started the game if he was in such pain? Or was it that we simply didn’t have any other options with Christopher Jullien, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Nir Bitton all out.

Whatever the case, it doesn’t seem particularly great that he started the match if he was having trouble sleeping. It is yet another question that should be asked of those managing the club at present – and it doesn’t look good.

Shane Duffy in action against Sparta Prague

Shane Duffy in action against Sparta Prague / (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Duffy will struggle to keep his place in the team once the former of those three return.

His signing has been an unmitigated disaster so far. It’s still too early to completely write off a Celtic recovery for him.

But it doesn’t look good right now.

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