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Neil Lennon praises Celtic star Shane Duffy’s ‘fantastic ability’ to attack the ball

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Neil Lennon praises Celtic star Shane Duffy’s ‘fantastic ability’ to attack the ball

Celtic moved to within three points of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership after a hard-fought 2-1 at St Mirren last night. 

Lee Erwin had given the Buddies a 1-0 lead in the third minute in Paisley, before Celtic fought back to secure all three points. 

James Forrest scored the winning goal, with Odsonne Edouard later seeing a penalty saved by Zdenek Zlamal, but it was summer signing Shane Duffy who initially pulled Celtic level. 

St. Mirren v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

PAISLEY, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 16:(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Republic of Ireland international, on loan from Brighton, scored his second goal in as many games for his new club, heading home from a brilliant Ryan Christie set-piece. 

 

“He was disappointed with the goal we conceded but his reaction was great,” Lennon is quoted by the Evening Express. “That’s two in two for him. If you put the ball in a good area for him he will go and attack it. It’s a fantastic ability that he’s got.

“We deserved to go in at half-time in front and we scored two very good goals, two headers which is different for us.”

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is undoubtedly over the moon with the impact his new signing has already made at Parkhead, even if it is at the opposite end of the pitch than expected. 

Duffy is clearly a threat in the opposing box. He scored five goals in 40 games in the 2018-18 season with Brighton but his goal scoring threat is simply an added bonus to the real reason for his Celtic arrival. 

The fact he now has two goals in two games will not distract from his main purpose of ensuring Celtic remain tight at the back.

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