Celtic have confirmed the early exit of Shane Duffy, who returns to Brighton & Hove Albion after his loan in Glasgow.
Duffy had been due to stay until the end of the season, but with two games remaining he has already moved back to England.
The Scottish Sun had reported the news on Thursday, but the club hadn’t commented on the story until this afternoon.
It’s said he had picked up an injury that ruled him out of matches against St Johnstone and Hibernian, so it doesn’t make much sense to keep him around.
A simple update came via the Celtic social media team on Twitter.
Shane Duffy has returned to his parent club @OfficialBHAFC.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 7, 2021
The Scottish Sun say the entire deal to have Duffy on loan at Celtic for the season cost a massive £3m.
It will go down as one of the worst uses of our resources in history.
Duffy never really impressed beyond goals scored right at the start of his Celtic run. In fact, it rapidly became apparent he was either not good enough or simply ill-suited to the Celtic style of play.
Whoever scouted him to take part in this high Celtic defensive line, with lots of time on the ball, clearly got it badly wrong.
There had initially been excitement about a Republic of Ireland international starring for the club, so the way it has turned out has been a massive disappointment for everyone involved.
Nobody more so than the fans of course, who have greeted today’s confirmation with delight. There is now no lingering danger of Duffy staying on at the club into next season.
These supporters have taken to social media to share their thoughts on it all this afternoon…
Only 6 months too late
— MB (@2lssiafb) May 7, 2021
All the best Shane didn’t work out but wasn’t through a lack of effort. HH
— Billy Summers (@BillySu16604426) May 7, 2021
Should have went late August when he chucked it along with the majority of his teammates. What a waste of £4m+!
— 𝙎𝘾𝙊𝙏𝙏𝙔 𝙂 (@7govscott) May 7, 2021
Try doing your homework on suitable players next time. Not his fault of course but his game not suited at all, we need athletic and quick defenders not ones who thrive when their team is pinned back.
— Dan Polidano (@PolidanoDaniel) May 7, 2021
Feel for him cause he’s a Celtic supporter at end of day he probably dreamed of lifting the title simply didn’t work out wish him all the best in future 🍀
— Aaron Welsh (@Jaffa1978) May 7, 2021
Shane Duffy Massive Celtic fan, didn’t work for him. Wrong move and just wasn’t up to it. As they say; never meet your heroes.
— OppositeLock (@OppositeIock) May 7, 2021
I only wish he got to play in front of a packed out Parkhead. It wasn’t meant to be 💚🍀
— Nikki Gallagher 🍀 (@nikkigallagher_) May 7, 2021
Best news ever
— Aidan (@AMc88_) May 7, 2021