Date: 4th September 2020 at 12:15pm
Written by: Peter Graham

Shane Duffy may not have been playing for Celtic but he still hit the headlines last night after his late equaliser against Bulgaria demonstrated exactly what has persuaded Neil Lennon to move for the Republic of Ireland skipper.

In a game that wasn’t exactly high on quality, the Bulgarian’s took the lead by taking advantage of some slack defending, Duffy showing true leadership qualities by claiming responsibility for the goal when there were a few culpable individuals.

When he was interviewed after the game, Duffy claimed that the 93rd minute equaliser was a bittersweet moment in the week that he completed his move to his boyhood heroes, as reported by The Scottish Sun:

“Overall, I’m a bit disappointed with the game and the result, so it’s a bittersweet moment.

“I’ll probably take the blame for it myself (the Bulgaria goal), it was sloppy defending and I didn’t get in quick enough and they punished us.

“I haven’t played a lot of football and in moments in was tough out there for me to get going. It’s disappointing but hopefully I can put it behind me and the more games I get i’ll become sharper and fitter.

“I think we were the better team – the chances they had were from our sloppy play, they didn’t really register in other ways.

The international break has come at a good time for both Duffy and Celtic, with the Ireland skipper being short of game time in recent weeks, getting some minutes at a good level will allow him to adjust quicker when he reports at Lennoxtown for his first training session.

Do you think Duffy will stay beyond this season and sign a permanent deal?

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There were signs of rustiness in Duffy’s overall game but the signs were there that he will bring something different to Lennon’s defence and is tailor made for the Scottish game – i just hope he doesn’t mind plastic pitches because he’s going to have to get used to them.