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11-goal midfielder comments on potential Celtic transfer

Derry City midfielder Michael Duffy, who scored twice against Newcastle United while on trial, hopes to have done enough to earn a deal with Celtic.

Celtic may be on the verge of making Derry City midfielder Michael Duffy their first signing of the January transfer window, following the 20-year-old's brace against Newcastle United. 

The young Celts showed off their quality against a Newcastle side that included first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul as they ran out comfortable 3-1 winners, leaving development squad manager Steve Frail delighted with the performance. 

Nevertheless, arguably the most important player in the win over the Tyneside club for Celtic - Michael Duffy - is only a trialist and not yet contracted to the club.

However, he hopes that will all change in the coming days following his impressive showing against the Premier League side.

Speaking exclusively to STV Sport, he said: "It was good to play against Newcastle and get a tough game under my belt but I did well so I'm happy with it."

Describing his goals against Dutch international Tim Krul, Duffy added: "It's even better to play against a keeper who played in the World Cup."

The striker is hopeful that the Premiership champions will offer him a deal once they return from their mid-season break in Gran Canaria.

He said: "I did all I could so I will just need to wait and see when the manager comes back from the trip to see what his call is."

The highly-rated midfielder netted an impressive 11 goals in 29 league appearances last season - a rate that left him as one of the top goal-scoring midfielders in the division and joint seventh overall. 

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