Andy Walker has told Sky Sports that Shane Duffy has been poor since moving to Celtic on loan in the summer, and admitted that he expected a lot more from the centre-back.
It appeared to be a huge coup for the Hoops to sign Duffy in the window. According to the Daily Record, Celtic paid £2 million to take the 28-year-old on loan. It was also suggested that the Bhoys will cover half of his £45,000-a-week wages.
It looked to be a real statement of intent from Celtic to sign Duffy. He is an experienced Premier League player who could potentially be heading into the peak years of his career.
Unfortunately however, it appears that he now needs to enjoy a dramatic turnaround if he wants to be considered an inspired signing. He has struggled in recent weeks and made a number of costly mistakes.
And after one of his errors led to Aberdeen scoring in Sunday’s 3-3 draw between the two, Walker suggested that he had been hugely surprised by his struggles.
“Former Ireland international Gary Breen insisted Shane Duffy was taking a step down and potentially damaging his Ireland career by moving to Scotland,” he told Sky Sports.
“The truth is, his form has been atrocious and having watched him play numerous times for Brighton while covering their games for Sky, I was expecting a lot more from a man who was the club’s Player of the Year in the English Premier League under Chris Hughton.”
Still time for Duffy to prove doubters wrong
Celtic have enjoyed plenty of success when signing players on loan from Premier League clubs in the past. Moi Elyounoussi has had some real high points at Parkhead. And of course, bringing Fraser Forster back was a masterstroke last season.
There is still time for Duffy to turn his fortunes around. And it would certainly be incredibly unfair to put all of the blame for Celtic’s blip on his shoulders.
But it is probably fair to say that Walker is far from the only person left stunned by his form.