Celtic could miss out on trialist Michael Duffy after stalling transfer talks

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Brentford have taken striker Michael Duffy on trial - with Celtic stalling on a deal for the Derry City.

Derry City chief executive Sean Barrett told STV today that their striker Michael Duffy has started training with Championship side Brentford. 

"Michael has gone to Brentford," said Barrett. "He went yesterday and they’re playing Wolves tomorrow in a development game. Patrick McEleney went down there too. Brentford have been monitoring them for a while."

Duffy, 20, has hit 16 goals in 39 games for the Northern Irish side, and his goalscoring exploits have unsurprisingly attracted plenty of interest.

Duffy was recently on trial with Celtic, and even scored twice in a reserve game against Newcastle United, which was seen as the sign that Ronny Deila should snap him up on a permanent deal.

Yet for some reason, the deal has completely stalled in recent days, and Barrett revealed that the player is frustrated with the lack of process.

"We’ve heard nothing concrete from Celtic," said Barrett. "Celtic monitored Michael for four or five games last season. He got glowing reports from his first trial and from fitness tests and they wanted him over to play a game.

"He then plays in a match, scores two goals against Newcastle and that too against Tim Krul. What more can he do? He’s obviously disappointed as he’s done all they asked of him," he added.

Now, Celtic face losing out on Duffy, with Brentford taking him on trial - just weeks after signing Rangers playmaker Lewis Macleod. Barrett now says that if Celtic want to resurrect the deal, they're on their final chance.

"If Celtic are interested then they should make a move for him now," he said. "I think they should make an offer because there are other clubs interested in him. Celtic risk losing him if they don’t go for him. Now is the time."

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