Brighton and Hove Albion stalwart joins Celtic on loan

Posted On 02 Sep 2020 at 9:00 am

Brighton and Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy is to move to Celtic on loan for the rest of the season.

Albion said this morning (Wednesday 2 September): “Shane Duffy has made a season-long loan move to Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, on undisclosed terms and subject to international clearance.

“The Irish International makes the move after four years with Albion, following his move from Blackburn Rovers in 2016.

“He moves to Parkhead with the aim of helping Celtic secure an unprecedented tenth successive title.”

Head coach Graham Potter said: “Shane is part of Albion history. He has been a big part of the club’s recent progress in winning promotion to the Premier League and in retaining our place in the top flight.

“He is keen to play regularly and, with increased competition in the centre of defence, we cannot guarantee that.

“This move is a huge opportunity for Shane and on behalf of everyone at the club we wish him well for the season.

“From a personal point of view, he has been an absolute pleasure to work with – and as a man and a character, he is someone we all love.

“This has been a challenging year for him on and, more importantly, off the pitch, but I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to work with Shane and develop the relationship I have with him.”

Duffy became the club’s record signing for a reported £4 million in 2016.

And in his first season he helped the club secure automatic promotion to the Premier League, forging a formidable partnership with Lewis Dunk.

The club added: “That partnership served Albion well in the top flight over the past three seasons, and Duffy won the Player of the Season award in 2018-19.

“The 28-year-old defender, who began his career at Everton and has been capped 33 times by Ireland, played more than 100 games for Albion, scoring eight goals.

“His current contract with Albion, signed in 2018, has three years left to run.”

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