Former Celtic star Frank McAvennie believes that Shane Duffy should return to Brighton after stating that he is “doing more harm than good” at the Glasgow club.
Time up for Duffy?
The 28-year-old arrived at Parkhead on loan from the Premier League outfit in the summer in the hope that Neil Lennon’s defence would be significantly bolstered with his towering presence.
From eight starts in the league, Duffy has only managed to average 0.8 tackles and 0.6 blocks and has a lower average match rating than Christopher Jullien with 7.33 (Whoscored).
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennuie believes that Duffy’s time is up and that he should be sent back to the Seagulls.
“I think Duffy should go back in January,” he said.
“He has not hit the ground running. It is unfortunate, I was hoping for somebody to come up and lead that defence but he is doing more harm than good.
“I would send him back and get somebody else in. The club is paying good money for him. They need to go out and sign a player who can sort out that defence.
“Ajer and Jullien do not like the physical side and I think that is why they brought Duffy in but I think his legs have gone.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Admittedly, it doesn’t look good for Duffy. The Englishman was dropped by Lennon for the last two Premiership games in favour of Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer. A decision that resulted in Celtic keeping two clean sheets.
It’s difficult to disagree with what McAvennie is saying as the statistics back him up. It has not gone well for Duffy north of the border.
If this is a decision that Lennon is considering, then it must be carried out in January to make way for a permanent addition to the first-team.
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