Brighton loanee Shane Duffy has been tipped for an early exit from Celtic once the January transfer windows rolls round. Paul Robinson believes that the centre-back has struggled since his move in the summer and he could be looking at having his contract terminated early (via Football Insider).
The reigning Scottish Premiership champions paid a reported £2.5million to bring Duffy to Parkhead, but he has been nothing short of a disappointment in Celtic colours. Nick Hammond will be viewing this as an utter waste of money, especially if Celtic are to watch arch rivals Rangers win the league this season.
Naturally, the Seagulls have no room at the inn for the out of favour defender, who finds himself in a very difficult situation. If he returns to the Amex in January, he must find another temporary move or spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines.
Duffy’s last start for Celtic came on November 5 during their 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague in the Europa League. His poor performance at Celtic Park was just one of many that forced Neil Lennon into dropping him from the squad.
The manager – whose future also has a question mark above it – has opted for Nir Bitton, Christopher Julien and Kristoffer Ajer in defence instead.
Brighton have been pretty consistent with their backline options this season and are likely looking at cashing on on Duffy, who is contracted until 2023. The Republic of Ireland international is currently valued at £8.5million, but after his latest disappointments, it’s extremely unlikely that Celtic will be looking to pay a single penny more to keep Duffy in Glasgow.