Brighton transfer news: Shane Duffy had Premier League options before Celtic agreement


Journalist Tom Barclay has revealed that Shane Duffy had offers from the Premier League before he joined Celtic last summer.

What happened with Duffy?

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 campaign, the Republic of Ireland centre-back had lost his place in the side following the arrival of Adam Webster, and despite the occasional start, wouldn't win his spot back for the remainder of the season.

Ben White's return from his loan spell at Leeds meant that Duffy's chances of working his way back into Graham Potter's side became even harder.

It left Duffy with no choice but to go out on loan to improve his chances of playing regular first-team football once again.



The central defender would end up moving to boyhood club Celtic on loan for the season, despite Barclay saying that he could have stayed in the Premier League.

What did Barclay say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "He had a couple of options from the Premier League, but he wanted to go to Celtic because he's a boyhood Celtic fan and they were going for 10 league titles in a row and Brighton were happy to let him go on loan."

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How did Duffy perform at Celtic?

Keeping in line with Celtic's own poor season in 2020-2021, Duffy's spell north of the border soon turned disastrous following a bright start.

Duffy's first five Scottish Premiership outings ended with five victories, whilst the defender marked his first two league appearances by scoring in each.

However, two errors in a 3-3 draw with Aberdeen in late October cost him his place in the side and he would feature just 12 times from then on in, making seven starts.

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One of those did come against Hearts as Celtic claimed the delayed Scottish Cup for the fourth season on the bounce, although he couldn't help the Hoops win a historical 10 in a row, with rivals Rangers romping to their first league title for a decade.

After picking up an injury, Duffy missed the final few games of the season and would return to Brighton, where he's since impressed Graham and finally won his place back for the Seagulls.

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