Celtic sign Brighton defender Shane Duffy on a season-long loan deal after falling out of favour with Graham Potter as the Irishman says it’s a ‘huge honour’ to join the Glasgow outfit
- Celtic have signed Brighton defender Shane Duffy on a season-long loan deal
- The Irishman had become surplus to requirements under boss Graham Potter
- The centre-back said he had always admired Celtic and it was an ‘honour’ to join
- Sportsmail broke the story of Duffy’s move up to Scotland exclusively on Sunday
Celtic have announced the season-long loan signing of Brighton defender Shane Duffy.
The 28-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at the Amex Stadium in recent months and will now spend the 2020-21 campaign with the reigning Scottish Premiership champions.
The move was first reported by Sportsmail on Sunday. Duffy, who completed his medical in Dublin, where he is currently based with the Republic of Ireland squad, made just one start for Brighton following the resumption of the season.
Celtic have announced the signing of Brighton defender Shane Duffy on a season-long loan
Now he will be looking to get more game time under Neil Lennon and is looking forward to moving north of the border.
‘I really am delighted to sign this deal with Celtic,’ Duffy said in the club statement announcing his arrival.
‘It is a huge honour for me to join Celtic, such a huge institution and a brilliant football club that I have always loved and admired.
‘It will be a fantastic personal moment for me when I pull on the Celtic jersey.
The Republic of Ireland international admitted it was a ‘huge honour’ to link up with Celtic
‘It’s just a great feeling – I could not be happier to be part of the club now and I just can’t wait to start working with the manager, the staff and the players when I return from international duty with Ireland.’
Lennon believes the signing of Duffy will help on and off the pitch as Celtic go in search of a 10th league title in a row, having beaten off reported interest from the likes of West Ham to secure his signature.
‘We are delighted to bring a player of Shane’s quality to Celtic,’ he said.
‘He is leader and he’s a warrior – someone with real ability and who will also give us that great physical presence.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon believes the signing is ‘a real coup’ and described him as ‘a warrior’
‘I know too he is a player who will add great personality to the dressing room. This is a real coup for the club.
‘From the off, Shane wanted to come to Celtic and we are delighted we have been able to fend off English Premier League interest.’
Duffy was named Brighton’s player of the season for the 2018-19 campaign and still has three years to run on his current contract with the club.
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