Just when you thought things could only get better from here, Celtic go and prove that they can go that little bit lower.
Neil Lennon’s faltering side slipped to a dismal 2-2 draw against Livingston on Wednesday night, with Scott Brown compounding his manager’s misery by getting sent off in the final few minutes of the game.
And whilst Brown will take a lot of the headlines for his red card, Shane Duffy produced yet another shocking display for the Hoops – you only have to look back to his brief cameo against Rangers to see just how poor he has been.
The Brighton loanee’s troubles with passing out from the back was there for all to see on Wednesday, completing just 73% of his passes, the lowest of any Celtic defender on the pitch – it was no surprise that his total of losing possession 23 times on the night was the worst among his teammates.
Duffy looked to go too long far too often, with his 20 attempts the most of any player, and it just came at odds with what Celtic actually needed. They needed one of their defenders to step out from the back to get attacks going, instead the Irishman was content to punt it forward in hopeful fashion.
In his post-match player ratings, Glasgow Live’s Chris Doyle gave him a measly five, saying: “I think Celtic fans have had a big enough sample size to come to the conclusion they can do a lot better. Always seems like a mistake is waiting around the corner. Neil Lennon continues to start him. Unconvincing once again.”
Former Rangers ace simply said that Duffy looked like he has “no confidence at all”, whilst Frank McAvennie last month urged the Bhoys to end Duffy’s loan spell early.
He said: “I think Duffy should go back in January. He has not hit the ground running. It is unfortunate, I was hoping for somebody to come up and lead that defence but he is doing more harm than good. I think his legs have gone.”
With reports in recent days and weeks claiming that other clubs are interested in signing Duffy, including Nottingham Forest, Celtic must surely seize their chance to end this disaster of a signing once and for all.
Meanwhile, Celtic must unleash this young star…