Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in luring on-loan Celtic defender Shane Duffy back down south and into the English Championship after a poor start in Scotland – and Forest fans have reacted on Twitter.
Duffy, 29, had fallen out of favour at Brighton after the arrival of Graham Potter as manager saw Brighton switch from a defensively-solid side under Chris Hughton – favouring Duffy – to a ball-playing side.
It saw Celtic move to bring the Ireland captain north of the border, but given that Celtic are also a possession-based side playing with a high defensive block, he has struggled. A January return to the south coast has been mooted.
Now, The Sun claimed Celtic have been offered the chance to cut their losses and cancel Duffy’s loan – with Hughton looking to form a reunion in the Championship at the City Ground. He cost the Hoops a seven-figure loan fee.
Forest already have numerous options at centre-back but in-form defender and ex-Rangers man Joe Worrall has been linked with an exit, impressing in his 12 games this season. It would have been more, but for a positive test.
Forest supporters think that given the club are said to be pursuing a move for Duffy – many think that 24-year-old Worrall could be on the way out and that the Celtic loanee is coming in to replace him.
I’m being an optimist here… but could this possibly be Figs replacement if rumours of him being home sick are true? If it’s to replace Worrall I give up 😂🙃
— George Townsend (@GTownsend07) January 14, 2021
Joe on his way out then.
— spencer clay (@spencerclay2) January 14, 2021
Sell Wozza to the highest bidder. Replace with Duffy. The most Foresty transfer ever.
— Phil Coker (@PhillipeC) January 14, 2021
Can this only mean Worrall will be sold? We’ve got him, McKenna , Dawson, Soh and Figs (any more?) so another central defender doesn’t feel like a priority
— The Surreal Jim Shady (@jimmoriarty81) January 14, 2021
Realistically who else are we getting rid of in this window. I'm thinking:
Figuereido? possibly if he's still homesick.
Got this horrible feeling Worrall will be sold & we'll end up with Shane Duffy on loan 🤣.#NFFC
— Jonathan Antcliffe (@Jonny90nffc) January 12, 2021
Why are Forest interested in Shane Duffy? Worrall must be going 🤔
— shanearmstrong (@shanearmy1) January 14, 2021