Celtic youngster open to loan move next season

Michael Duffy joined Alloa Athletic on loan from Celtic in the summer of 2015.

Celtic youngster Michael Duffy has told The Derry Journal that he is open to a loan move next season.

The 21-year-old winger is on a season-long loan deal at Alloa Athletic from Celtic at the moment.

The former Derry City youngster has revealed that he wants to play for the Bhoys next season.

Duffy, though, is open to playing for another club on loan during the 2016-17 campaign if he does not get the chance under a new manager.

“I’ve played in nearly all the games this year and there’s only one to go before I go back to Celtic,” Duffy told The Derry Journal. “So I’ll just see what happens in pre-season but hopefully I’m playing at Parkhead next season.

“It’s a fresh start for everyone at Celtic now which is a good thing so I’m looking forward to get back there for pre-season. But it’s good because scoring against Rangers gets my name out there now.

“The Premiership will be a step up. I think I should be playing at that level next year for Celtic and, if not, I’ll try and get a team on loan, but my main goal is trying to get my chance at Celtic. Hopefully the new manager comes in and sees my qualities. Maybe, I can catch his eye early and then see how it goes.”

Duffy is a talented young player, but he will not find it easy to make the step-up from the Scottish Championship to the Scottish Premiership next campaign.

What the youngster needs is a good pre-season and confidence from the new manager.

Even if the Northern Ireland Under-21 international is part of the Bhoys’ first team next season, he will find it tough to play regularly due to competition for places.

Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 77 points from 34 matches, nine points clear of second-placed Aberdeen.

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