Speaking to Football Insider, regular Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson has tipped Neil Lennon to be hit with a potentially big January blow as he claims that the Celtic hierarchy could cut short the loan deal of Shane Duffy – with it likely ‘coming to an end’ as an early Brighton return is touted.
Duffy, who has struggled to stamp his authority in the Celtic defence, starting just half of the Hoops’ 14 SPFL matches so far this season, could return to Brighton as Lennon is tipped to suffer a blow to his available options.
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Lennon tipped for Duffy blow
When the centre-back has been given a chance to shine, the numbers suggest he has held his own at certain points, despite also struggling on occasions – with the 28-year-old winning an impressive 4.7 aerial duels per 90 on average according to WhoScored.
Regardless, Lennon doesn’t seem to favour him as a regular starter, with the under-fire boss now being tipped to lose him in January as a result of his team selections.
“It is a really strange one,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“You do not sign a player of his quality unless you plan to use him.
“If he is not going to get any game time, I could see the loan move coming to an end.
“Duffy is not in Brighton’s plans and he is not a youngster, so if the loan spell does end, he will have to make another move in January.”
Transfer Tavern take
While the Irishman has failed to impress at times this campaign, the last thing Lennon could want amid mounting pressure on his position is to lose a back-up defensive option, especially in a very busy season such as the current one.
It remains to be seen whether Celtic opt to send him back down South, but this could come as a bit of a blow to Lennon as he fights for his job.
In other news: Celtic have been tipped to hire this manager with ‘pedigree’ as Lennon’s heir, find out more here.
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