Shane Duffy’s recent international performance will serve as an eye-opener for Celtic Boss Neil Lennon. The defender continues to drop lacklustre performances and the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 defeat to England was no different.
The Hoops manager has been chopping and changing his squad recently, seemingly putting some round pegs in square holes. Duffy has played every match for Celtic so far this season, but has been disappointing in his most recent displays. The 28-year-old has shipped eight goals in his last three appearances for club and country and has arguably been Lennon’s weakest man in his backline.
Celtic signed the Brighton man on a year-long loan deal back in September. The idea was to bolster the backline and press on towards their ongoing Premiership dominance. However, the Hoops have fallen out of favour this season – Rangers currently top the table with a nine point advantage on Lennon’s men.
The decision to sign fellow loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi has proved to be huge brainwave, but Duffy is perhaps not living up to his expectations. Celtic have conceded 11 goals in 12 games played so far, whilst they only had 19 put past them in the entirety of last campaign.
Whilst Duffy isn’t solely to blame for his side’s poor defensive performances, he has hardly been a player to sing about under Lennon. His disappointing match against England will also be on the 49-year-old’s mind as he prepares to set up to face Hibernian in their next league match.
With the recent positive injury news on Christopher Jullien, Duffy could be benched for the upcoming Premiership fixture as the 27-year-old makes his much anticipated return.