Shane Duffy and space for a project


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’.

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  2. USA lad McKenzie would be ideal for that role. Gets limited game time for season but gains experience and be up to speed more for next.


    Saying that he may have signed elsewhere, not been following recently.



  3. hankray on 2nd September 2020 12:02 pm



    Shane Duffy, Former Brighton Player Of The Year and a big player in their drive to the EPL in recent years and a big favourite with Brighton fans. This can only be described as a stunning signing by Celtic to get a player in his prime. Big welcome Shane to paradise.

  4. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on



    Shane……..bit of a Ladd





    Very good :-)

  5. Can’t El Hamed also play as part of a back 3. And even Nir Bitton. 5 central defenders suggests we wouldn’t desperately need another?

  6. Does anyone know whether Shane will be able to come straight into our next squad or are there any COVID quarantine issues involved when we sign players that are currently away in international duty? As a general point, if we signed a player from, say, Spain would they have to quarantine 2 weeks on arrival before joining up with the squad?

  7. Excellent business – well done Celtic. Now a first team ready left back and pacy winger and even I might stop moaning for a while. No more projects – we are not at school.

  8. To Mr James Forrest



    There is no coherent economic case for independence, if there was the nationalists would be shouting it from the rooftops & plastering on every billboard with a skim from the billions given to them to fight Covid.




    SNP balls-up everything they touch, whether it is worst for deaths in the UK, second worse in Europe, or, by far the worst of any country in the world with c5million population on Covid, or, ferries, or, opening & running safe hospitals, or education, where we are nearer the bottom in all the world’s league tables, largest percentage of care home deaths in Europe, teaching LGBT & porn in schools – highest drug deaths in the WORLD due to year upon year cuts by SNP.




    Catholic education? Right now in Edinburgh & Perth & Kinross, representatives of Catholic schools are being excluded from council education committees. Do you think that the party who brought in the OB act, the Named Person Act, teaching porn to primary pupils and the current Hate Speech Bill, would flinch from dispensing from doing away with Catholic Education? The grounds used would be the cost of running a dual education system in a new & cash-strapped country. The same grounds that have already been used to abolish local police & fire authorities in favour of centralised & politically controlled entities. Local councils have been neutered and need to go “cap in hand’ to Holyrood for funding – if they don’t ‘toe the line’, they get cut…ask Cosla.




    A new country, outside its main market the UK, bankrupt & unable to get into Europe for ten years – with a £30bn (15%+) annual revenue deficit, shouldering its £100bn share of UK debt, with no currency, no central bank & having to set-up & run all the new departments of government including many powers that even now the SNP have shunned because they don’t have the nous to handle them.





    Ten years of austerity is a very conservative estimate of the pain of ordinary people. Capital & business will have flown to England – for God”s sake think it through.




    Our ‘kind’ have millions of friends in the UK – far far more than we could ever have in Scotland.

  9. Our best window in many years. Duffy will be a huge player for us this season. He’s a signing that illustrates the gap in Scottish football.



    A case now of seeing who goes out before 5th Oct. Don’t want to lose anyone but Ntcham and Rogic would be manageable.



    Still worried by Broonie’s form but we’re certainly stronger than last season by some margin.

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  11. Projects — who are the 2 CB’s in youths and the reserve team?


    Surely they should be getting prepared for the jump to the first team squad?



    Main point about SD — he is only half the use to us now he could have been 2 weeks ago.


    Huge mistake on the part of PL that he only joins one week after our huge CL failure.



    Nearly as bad as SN joining 5 days after the AMB disaster in 2005.


    You would hope that PL could learn some lessons but he never does.

  12. TEUCHTER ÁR LÁ on 2ND SEPTEMBER 2020 12:28 PM


    Can we no just call him Duffy?









    wait long enough and the Sleekits will be callin’ him


    …….. “Duff”







  13. hankray



    And in the movie it was Wilson (Jack Palance) who was 6’4 not Shane (Alan Ladd) an actor who would struggle to tower over Wee Jimmy, never mind Big Jimmy!

  14. An Dun – A case now of seeing who goes out before 5th Oct. Don’t want to lose anyone but Ntcham and Rogic would be manageable.





    I disagree mate. Creativity and good chance-making are the achilles for us. I don’t want to see gifted players who can help us here (Rogic and Ntcham) depart and to be left with lesser talents. That would be madness.

  15. O far so good. We just need to limit the departures and we should be able to declare a successful transfer window. A rare occurrence.

  16. JB @ 12.12



    We need to prepare for next year — so we should be looking at 20 year olds to step up in 12 months time.



    I fear that SD in means KA out.



    Plus I am not on the SD bus just yet — Brighton is not where we should be aiming at regarding performance on the park and he is surplus to requirements at Brighton.



    He does add something to our defence — more troubled that we allowed the gap to develop in the first place.



    2017 — we had DB + JS as our two CBs / we have not moved on since then.


    Since then it has been short term’ism all the way as we have not managed the squad.


    If we replace KA with a loan deal then we will be in the money but in the soup come next year.

  17. CELTIC MAC on 2ND SEPTEMBER 2020 12:33 PM









    And in the movie it was Wilson (Jack Palance) who was 6’4 not Shane (Alan Ladd) an actor who would struggle to tower over Wee Jimmy, never mind Big Jimmy!



    AYE right but who finished up deed.moothfae a sawdust.

  18. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    Turnbull seems pretty decent on deadball situations and Duffy dangerous in the air………hopeful combination.

  19. This kind of outlay means we have a big departure coming up – to meet the shortfall of Champions league. An even bigger hit if we fail in the Europa.



    Hope it’s not Eddie. Think it will be Ajer (£20m) and Ollie (who cant hold a place down sadly for £20m). A wee left field departure might be Christie (£15m).



    Need to prune elsewhere – Griff & Boli…

  20. ParkheadcumSalford



    It doesn’t matter how few are engaged with political conversations, I still wouldn’t ban it or disparage it. The platform is big enough to carry several threads and always has done so.



    I have 2 big alternatives.



    1) Scroll by until I hit something that interests me


    or 2) Post something that will dominate the conversation and drown out the political talk into a minor thread.

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  22. JBH



    When I called you out early as a False Flag operation, alienating more people against the Labour Party than you were converting, you merely stated that you were not interested in or had given up on converting anyone, begging the question as to what was your motivation actually was.



    I fear your mask has slippped further today with your talk of “teaching LGBT and porn” in schools. I am calling you out as a false flag again.

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