Financial details of Shane Duffy's Celtic move reported; Bhoys have done well to only pay 55% of salary

By John McGinley

September 2, 2020

Celtic have managed to negotiate to pay just £25,000 of Shane Duffy’s £45,000-a-week wages at Brighton for the duration of his season-long loan, The Scottish Sun reports.

Duffy was officially announced as Neil Lennon’s latest summer signing earlier today and will become an immediate contender for a starting spot in the manager’s matchday eleven.

The deal was announced by the club as a loan only, with no mention of the purchase option seen in many Celtic deals over recent seasons.

Reporter David Friel at The Scottish Sun believes the loan fee for the defender is under £2m, with the Premier League club still picking up nearly half of his weekly wage.

The negotiating team at Celtic, that includes Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond and Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, have worked wonders here.

We have a player capable of operating at the elite level, with loads of experience, and haven’t had to break the bank to get him to the club.

Reported Celtic target Shane Duffy / (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Scottish Sun reports Brighton could have cashed in on him with a sale to another English side for £10m but have decided to grant Duffy his request to play for his boyhood club because of his good service over the years.

While a loan fee in the region of £2m is hefty, if it adds the quality to Lennon’s team that helps us land ten-in-a-row, every penny is worth it.

Duffy adds aggression and physicality to Lennon’s backline and was tipped to be a top signing for the club by legend Jackie McNamara last month.

It’s also a signing that, for me, could see Lennon usher in more regular use of a three-man defensive line formation, allowing Celtic to field two strikers.

Duffy’s forthright style complements Kris Ajer and Chris Jullien well and adds a little more stability.

Will his arrival result in big team changes following the international break?

In other news, Duffy has been giving his thoughts on his Celtic move to the Republic of Ireland’s media team today.