Neil Lennon’s latest recruit has finally been able to be presented to the Scottish media with Shane Duffy having been on international duty when he agreed a season long loan deal to sign with the Scottish champions.
The Republic of Ireland skipper, as reported by the BBC Sport website, is delighted to finally pull on the famous green and white hooped shirt and get back to playing regular games as he looks to play a key role in what could be one of the most moments seasons in the clubs long and unbroken history.
When asked what made him choose Parkhead over a host of Premier League destinations, he said:
“Playing for Celtic is something I’ve wanted to do my whole career.
“I wanted to come here when I was at a good age where I can be successful.
“It’s huge for me, this is a huge club, career-wise, that will be decided next season, but this season the focus is on here.
“I’m in a difficult stage in my career in that I haven’t played a lot over the last year. I had to make the right choice, but I feel I’m at a good age to come here.
“It’s a different challenge completely coming here, the pressure of winning every game and winning trophies is something different for me.
“It’s down to me to perform week in, week out and win trophies for this club. That’s what I’m here to do.”
It was expected that Duffy would form a formidable back three with Christopher Jullien and Kris Ajer, however, it would appear that the latter doesn’t have long left at Celtic with a £15million price-tag being slapped on his head should interested parties decide to move for the Norwegian international.
Do you think Duffy will stay beyond this season and sign a permanent deal?
Duffy may not be a like for like replacement for Ajer, but he does bring a physicality, composure and leadership that the 22-year old sometimes lacks and qualities that could be the difference between success and failure this season.