SHANE DUFFY has said that it will be up to Brighton to decide his future following the 28-year-old’s move to Celtic from the Premier League side. The Ireland Internationalist was paraded at an eerie Paradise yesterday and one question during his media conference appearance was whether he would be interested in turning the loan move to his boyhood club into a permanent one.
“It’ll all be decided next season obviously. This season the focus is on here and it’s down to me to perform week in, week out and win trophies at this club.
“I’m not sure yet what the actual plan is, obviously I’m still contracted to Brighton and it’s basically down to them at the end of the day, if they get the right deal for me.
“Listen I’m just here this season to go and enjoy myself and hopefully have a successful time here.”
The ex-Blackburn Rovers defender was a target for Celtic back in 2016 but a move didn’t transpire. Now, Duffy will be hoping to help Celtic make history by winning an unprecedented 10IAR, eclipsing the 9IAR record set by Jock Stein in 1974.
Duffy’s addition allows for Neil Lennon to play three at the back as well as having an uncompromising central defender that will put his body on the line for the cause. The arrival of a leader will also mitigate the loss of Fraser Forster’s departure with the big defender likely to play a big role in the dressing room as well as on the park.
Duffy grew up a Celtic fan and will know exactly what the next few months mean to the supporters and the club as a whole – immortality awaits. Then, if all goes well, a permanent deal can be discussed but it would be great to have Duffy at the club.