At 6’ 4” and built like the Free Derry Wall in the town he knows so well, Shane Duffy brings experience and assurance to the middle of the Celtic defence. What would have happened had he been at the club eight days earlier is imponderable.
I don’t know Shane well enough to comment on that question but I am assured by Irish friends he has been an impenetrable leader in their national team for years. He is at Celtic because his time as first choice at Brighton is over, but he is still only 28, which is the middle of the peak years for many central defenders. We have recruited a player who will be influential in the chase for 10.
The most pleasing aspect of his signature is the tactical shift another central defender gives us towards three at the back. Surely Shane, Kristoffer and Christopher will all play when fit? That being the case, I would like to see us add one more central def.: space for ‘a project’.