Shane Duffy to Celtic: Club quoted £2m for season-long loan after Lennon talks

By John McGinley

August 15, 2020

Celtic have been quoted a fee of £2m to take Shane Duffy on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, The Scottish Daily Mail has reported on Saturday.

Bhoys boss Neil Lennon is reported to have already held talks with the experienced 28-year-old defender, who has won 33 caps with the Republic of Ireland national team.

West Ham, Burnley and West Brom are also on the hunt for the Premier League man and Celtic’s interest is now said to hang in the balance after being told of the hefty loan price.

Celtic, in recent years, haven’t really been in the business of signing up in-their-prime players who have found regular starting action in the English top-flight.

Reported Celtic target Shane Duffy / (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

A move for Duffy would be seen as ambitious but given his clear preference for the Bhoys when it comes to football in Glasgow (Belfast Live), it’s not a link completely without merit.

The Derry man has made close to 100 appearances in the Premier League and over 130 in the Championship (Transfermarkt), clearly having the pedigree to become a hit in the physical Scottish Premiership.

With a robust build and fearless attitude to defending, he could be just what we’re looking for at the heart of Neil Lennon’s defensive unit, especially if the manager reverts to a three-man line.

The manager has already added real quality to his squad with the acquisitions of internationals Mohamed Elyounoussi, Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti this summer.

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

Duffy fits that profile and, for me, would directly improve our starting eleven.

A fee of £2m for a year’s loan may seem steep but if it helps us land ten-in-a-row, I’m all for it.

It’s a small price to pay in that context.

In other news, Lennon has hinted he’ll be starting Ajeti and Odsonne Edouard together this season.