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Celtic: Shane Duffy not expected to play for Hoops again

Celtic: Shane Duffy not expected to play for Hoops again - Celtic

Shane Duffy isn’t expected to play for Celtic again this season, it has been revealed.

The Lowdown: Duffy’s nightmare loan and future plans

The centre-back arrived at Parkhead back in September in a season-long loan deal from Brighton, however, despite a strong start, he’s fallen out of favour under both Neil Lennon and John Kennedy.

The Irishman has started just one of the club’s last nine Scottish Premiership fixtures and hasn’t featured in the last five.

Reports from Football Insider have now suggested that Wayne Rooney will look to sign the 29-year-old this summer, should his Derby County side stay in the Championship.

He’s been deemed surplus to requirements under Graham Potter and it doesn’t look like the Hoops have any interest in making Duffy’s loan permanent.

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The Latest: Kennedy won’t use Duffy unless a crisis

A separate report from Football Insider, who have been informed by a Celtic source, claim that Kennedy won’t use Duffy in his side for the club’s two remaining fixtures.

It’s believed the only way he could feature would be due to an injury crisis, and it seems as if the interim boss has had enough of the towering defender, labelled as a ‘walking disaster’ by finance expert Kieran Maguire.

The Verdict: A deal to forget

Celtic paid a seven-figure loan fee for Duffy’s services, as well as paying a significant portion of his £45,000-a-week wage, and it’s safe to say it has been a deal to forget.

We’d have expected Duffy to have played every minute on the basis of the finances involved, however, he’s been kept out of the side by youngster Stephen Welsh.

It’s been reported that Celtic recruitment chief Gary Penrice is in line to leave after being the driving force behind the Duffy deal, so that tells you all you need to know.

In other news: Club ready to sell Celtic target who could replace Jonjoe Kenny, find out more here


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