It is fair to say that Shane Duffy has been far from the most successful signing that the club has ever seen after what has been a disastrous season.
The Irishman came to the club with massive expectations and many thought he would be exactly the defender we were looking for to play alongside Kristoffer Ajer and/or Christopher Jullien. But it was clear from early on, that this wasn’t going to work.
Due to his poor spell in the Celtic side over the last few months, it has also resulted in Duffy losing his spot in the Republic of Ireland side in Wednesday nights game against Serbia.
However, a couple of members have gone on to mention the impact that the 28-year old side even without featuring in the starting 11.
As quoted by RTE West Brom defender, Dara O’Shea. is one of those players who were quick to reserve praise for Duffy for the impact that he has had as the more inexperienced O’Shea came into the side.
“Shane has been great with me all week.
“He has kind of being giving me tips and advice. When someone with that much quality and experience speaks you listen. For him to be so understanding and supportive was great.
“It gave me a great boost in confidence.
“It was just more tactical stuff and just being a leader there in the back three. You’ve got to command it. When you are the middle presence there you have to make it felt throughout the team.”
“Shane Duffy has been unreal for this country. He is someone I’ve grown up watching and admiring. Obviously, when you get put in there it’s a huge opportunity for me. It’s great to play, but Shane is an amazing player.”
As previously mentioned, it clearly hasn’t worked out for Duffy as we all hoped at Celtic.
This is the sort of impact we had hoped to have had from the former Premier League defender and who knows maybe he has been able to give youngster, Stephen Welsh some of that advice when he came into the side.