Former Everton team-mate Shane Duffy praises Darron Gibson for Young Boys performance

The Blackburn Rovers defender was impressed with the performance of the Everton midfielder last night.

Everton dominated Young Boys in the Europa League once again yesterday, winning their Europa League match 3-1 and the tie 7-2 on aggregate.

One player who truly impressed was Darron Gibson. The Irish midfielder was dominant in the midfield and showed off the vision that once saw him so highly rated at Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson. 

He sprayed an exquisite pass into the path of Kevin Mirallas for the third of Everton's goals as they cantered to a last 16 tie with Dynamo Kiev.

It was an excellent turnout for a player who has been battling injury for much of his Everton career.

His performance was noted by a former team-mate at the club.

Shane Duffy was at Everton for six years before leaving the club in the summer for Blackburn Rovers. His Everton career was severely disrupted by a near death injury back in May 2010, when he suffered a lacerated liver in a Republic of Ireland training camp.

Now he is a star at Blackburn and a full Republic of Ireland international, and he was pleased that his countryman put in such an impressive performance, Tweeting:

It was Gibson's first start for Everton since a 1-1 draw with FK Krasnodar in the Europa League back in October of last year. He will be hoping he doesn't have to wait four months for the next one.

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