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'A real coup': Shane Duffy joins Celtic on a season-long loan

‘Huge honour’ as Ireland defender moves from Brighton for the 2020/21 season.

Duffy: Ireland defender joins Celtic.
Duffy: Ireland defender joins Celtic.
Image: Celtic FC

CELTIC BOSS NEIL Lennon hailed the arrival of Shane Duffy as a ‘real coup’ as the Ireland defender joined the Scottish champions on a season-long loan.

Duffy, 28, will spend the 2020/21 campaign on loan from Premier League Brighton as Lennon’s Celtic chase a historic ten-in-a-row of league titles.

“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,” the Derry man said.

“It will be a fantastic personal moment for me when I pull on the Celtic jersey. It’s just a great feeling – I could not be happier to be part of the club now.”

Lennon said Duffy “is [a] leader and he’s a warrior – someone with real ability and who will also give us that great physical presence.  

“I know too he is a player who will add great personality to the dressing room.

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“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.”

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