Ahead of Celtic’s game against Hibernian on Sunday, the Hoops official Twitter account found an interesting statistic about Shane Duffy.

Through Statzone, it was established that in his three league performances so far, Duffy has an 89% pass accuracy rating.

That is an impressive statistic for a defender. You would not really associate that high a rating for a centre-back. You don’t even really associate it with Duffy’s game. He is more about winning towering headers, and scoring goals from set pieces.

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Shane Duffy after scoring for Celtic against St Mirren

Shane Duffy after scoring for Celtic against St Mirren / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Duffy should take confidence from that high rating, and should start to move further up the pitch more with his game.

Usually only goes forward at set pieces

Normally you only really see Duffy going forward at set pieces. But his passing accuracy rating shows that he could add a new element to his game.


Duffy should start to break forward from defence and give the ball to the midfielders and attackers. Obviously, an idea like this would need to be worked on in training. However, if it is done in a 3-5-2, then two other centre-backs will be there to cover for Duffy.

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Shane Duffy scores for Celtic

Shane Duffy scores for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It would probably be best not to try this for the first time in a European game or against Rangers either. But let’s say it’s a game where Celtic will get lots of possession. Against Hamilton, or Livingston, for example it could be utilised in that game.

Manager’s thoughts would be interesting

It would be interesting to see what Neil Lennon would make of this idea, should Duffy decide to tell his manager about his passing prowess. It could add some new parts to Duffy’s game.

Fans love nothing better than to see a centre-back charging up the park, and getting into the attack. Duffy’s accuracy shows that he is more than capabale of doing that. Only time will tell if Duffy adds a new string to his bow, and passes the Hoops up the pitch.

In other news, Patryk Klimala will never complain about not starting each week for Celtic.



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