Former Celtic Stars Give Damning Shane Duffy Verdict

The Celtic Huddle Podcast is a recent addition to Celtic media and is hosted by former Celt, Mark Wilson. On the panel is Frank McAvennie and Simon Donnelly – two men who played for Celtic during iconic seasons.

In the latest episode of the podcast, the Bhoys discussed the recent Scottish Cup Final and ran the rule over Celtic’s festive fixtures. One of the main talking points was the performance of under fire centre half, Shane Duffy.

It’s fair to say that the panel haven’t been impressed with the Derry man, which is a shame as they will know better than anyone what it means to play for Celtic as a fan of the club. Nevertheless, being a Celtic fan doesn’t equate to being a Celtic player, otherwise I would be preparing to play against Ross County tonight instead of writing this article!

McAvennie’s verdict was short and sweet. “I would send him back,” he said.

Simon Donnelly elaborated on Macca’s point: “I think he has struggled. In the last couple of games, he scored a fantastic header and you are thinking ‘right kick on’. But when the tide turns at the weekend, these mistakes surface again.

“The one with Jullien, I couldn’t believe what I was watching at the time. The Hearts lad almost goes in and scores and that could have potentially been the winner.

“Yeah I would maybe cut my losses and look to strengthen there again.”

Brighton have already come out and said that there is no option to return the player in January, but Celtic will probably need to look for an alternative option in the transfer window. It’s a shame as Duffy was welcomed as a hero, he was given all manner of nicknames and made a blistering start with a goal on his debut. It’s been a disaster few months since then and there has to come a time when enough is enough.

You can catch the full episode of the Celtic Huddle Podcast on the link below:

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About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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