Kevin Kyle has told Open Goal that on-loan Celtic defender Shane Duffy “needs to just disappear” and has urged the Scottish champions to plan for next season by making changes now – or face trying to catch Rangers for a second successive season.
Duffy, 29, joined Celtic on a season-long loan deal last summer from Premier League side Brighton. The Ireland captain was seen as a coup for the Hoops, but ultimately, his style of play has not matched what Celtic need at centre-back.
Under Chris Hughton at Brighton, the Seagulls played with a low block with little space in behind. Duffy thrived. But Graham Potter’s arrival saw them use a high press, making his lack of pace more than evident – the reason why Potter axed him.
Celtic dominate possession and the centre-backs sit on the halfway line. There is space in behind and it sees Duffy’s weaknesses exploited by opposition strikers. Kyle thinks Celtic need to start planning for next season, and Duffy is not a part of that.