Michael Duffy makes claim for first-team debut after U20 brace

The Celtic youngster deserves a shot with the senior side before the end of the current campaign.

Celtic player Michael Duffy has had to wait patiently for his first-team debut after signing from Derry City back in January.

The 20-year-old is predominantly an attacking midfielder who can also play on the left wing or up front, but despite playing 63 times for Derry, he is yet to feature for Ronny Deila’s side.

Instead he has been turning out for Celtic’s under-20 side, and his coach at that level, Stevie Frail, recently suggested to the Bhoys’ official website what may have been holding him back from a stint in the senior side.

“He’s got to be more ruthless in front of goal,” Frail said, and so it was telling that just two weeks later Duffy scored twice for the young Hoops in a 4-3 defeat against Saint Mirren.

While the result did not go Celtic’s way, at least Duffy proved what he can do in front of goal and with little left to play for this season other than pride, the January arrival could yet taste first-team action in the remaining league games.

That will be the perfect opportunity for Deila to see what some of his younger players can do, and having proved he has listened to Frail regarding his finishing, Duffy may be near the top of that particular list.

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