Chris Sutton has explained that he’s impressed by Celtic securing a season-long loan deal for Shane Duffy and expects him to be a big influence on the rest of his teammates.
The 28-year-old defender completed his move to Parkhead earlier in the week on loan from Premier League side Brighton and he’s likely to make his debut after the international break.
He’s currently away with Republic of Ireland, who he captained on Thursday during their 1-1 draw against Bulgaria and he scored a last-minute equalising header to rescue a point in the Nations League.
Duffy is a proven Premier League performer that has made a temporary move to boyhood club Celtic and it looks like he could be a great addition to Scottish football.
Sutton has described him as a no-nonsense centre-back that will be a warrior at the back for the Bhoys and picked out his leadership qualities.
“Duffy’s signing will be about more than just a top player arrival. First and foremost he’s a superb defender,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
“He puts his body on the line and he’s the type who will run through brick walls for the manager and for his team-mates.
“But he also comes across as a leader – a guy who will demand and keep everyone on their toes, just as [Scott] Brown has been doing for the past decade.”
It may take him some time to get up to full speed, but Duffy has all the makings to be a really shrewd piece of business this summer and when at his best he will strengthen the Celtic XI.
The colossus centre-back is a commanding presence at the back that can lead a defence, plus he’s shown at club and international level he’s a threat in attacking set-pieces too.
With Celtic hunting down a famous 10th league title in a row, they are going to need big characters in their dressing room to fight off an expected bid from Rangers and Duffy will certainly be up for the fight.