SHANE DUFFY, who earlier in the transfer window was high on Brendan Rodgers’ wish list, has today completed a move to Brighton & Hove Albion.
After starring for Ireland in France at the Euro 16, the Derry Bhoy returned to Blackburn and endured a difficult start to the season, scoring three own goals and being sent off. He did manage to grab a few at the other end and also rejected an improved contract offer from Blackburn new boss Owen Coyle.
Celtic’s interest declined when Brendan Rodgers was able to convince Kolo Toure to join up at Celtic and Brighton became clear favourites to sign the player after lodging a bid believed to be in the region of £4m.
Albion manager Chris Hughton was clearly delighted today to get the deal done.
“I’m delighted that our perseverance has finally paid off and we’ve completed the signing of Shane; he’s an excellent addition for us. ”
The 24-year-old central defender has signed a four-year contract and this morning joined up with his new teammates, including former Celt Beram Kayal, for training this morning and is available to play against Newcastle United tomorrow.
“He has a lot of experience for his age, having played in the Premier League, Championship, Europa League and international football for Ireland,” Hughton continued.
“He’s a very good defender, and alongside our existing options he now gives me four quality, senior options for the two central defensive positions.”
Celtic’s transfer activity is likely to centre around the midfield and right back positions over the next week with a surprise upfront a longer shot but still a possibility.