Celtic plot move for 'first class' Premier League ace

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What a season this could be for Celtic.

After securing their ninth successive Premiership title last term, the Bhoys have their sights set on a spot in the history books.

A league win this term will see them achieve a memorable 10-in-a-row - a remarkable achievement that will mark a decade of domination in the Scottish game.

But such a landmark is a long way off.

Neil Lennon's side are currently two points off the pace after falling to a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock last weekend.

With rivals Rangers taking six points from a possible six so far, it means that Celtic have their work cut out.

That two point lead that's held by Steven Gerrard's side could be even longer by the time the Bhoys next play.

Celtic's next two matches have been postponed following Boli Bolingoli's breach of quarantine rules.

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But while they won't be featuring over the next couple of weeks, it means that focus at Parkhead can be placed elsewhere.

With such a key season ahead of them Lennon is keen to strengthen his squad.

Several attacking players such as Albian Ajeti have been linked with a move, but it seems that a defensive reinforcement could also be targeted.

Reports from The Daily Mail have claimed that Celtic are keen on a move for Shane Duffy.

The Brighton defender has found first team opportunities hard to come by on the south coast over the last 12 months following the appointment of Graham Potter as head coach.

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A boyhood Celtic fan, the 28-year-old is said to be keen on a move to Glasgow where he can potentially play a part in such a landmark season.

While a permanent move is likely to prove too costly, a loan switch is tipped as the ideal solution, however no deal is said to be imminent.

But with West Ham, Burnley and West Brom also keen, it could prove to be a tricky move to engineer.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This would be an outstanding move for Celtic.

Described by Graham Potter as 'first class', Shane Duffy would undoubtedly be an asset to the Scottish champions.

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At 28 years of age, the Brighton man is very much in his prime and would no doubt be an instant hit at Parkhead.

Given his allegiance to the Bhoys, he'd also be a popular figure among supporters.

While there's significant Premier League interest in the defender, a move to Celtic would no doubt be hugely appealing for the centre-back.

But much to do with this deal will depend on the two clubs thrashing out a loan fee and the split for his substantial wages.

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