The world of punditry and ex-football pro footballers turned journo is never short of people making sensationalist comments for a bit of attention. Ex-Irish international Gary Breen upset plenty of people this month when he said Shane Duffy’s international career was in jeopardy while he was playing in Scotland.

Shane Duffy is the leader of the Irish team, he is the player to drag them through games whether it is last-ditch defending or powering home headers, the notion that he could be dropped because of a move the SPFL has got Breen the kind of abuse he deserves for his comments. Today was the turn of Duffy’s defensive partner and self-confessed Celtic fan John Egan to call out Gary Breen.

Speaking in the Irish Examiner the Sheffield United defender admitted that he keeps a close eye on the Hoops and feels Duffy is in the right place.

“I don’t know where the negativity comes into things, It’s all about playing football, trying to win games of football and doing well yourself.”

“Celtic is a huge club, especially for Irish players, it’s probably the most supported club around, so I think it’s great for him. He’s made an unbelievable start there, so his confidence is going to be sky-high. It’s brilliant for him,”

Duffy will line up for the Hoops tonight in Latvia as the champions look to secure European football in the third round of qualifiers against Riga FC.


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