Brighton fans might have feared the worse when Lewis Dunk was forced off in the first half against Manchester United on Sunday. But they needn’t have worried.
Because Shane Duffy went on to produce arguably the best performance of his Premier League career as The Seagulls sealed another famous home win against Jose Mourinho’s giants.
The Irishman was outstanding at both ends, scoring Brighton’s second in the 3-2 win with an ice-cool finish most centre-forwards would be proud of. At the other, he kept Manchester United’s £75 million centre-forward Romelu Lukaku on a very tight leash throughout.
No wonder the Celtic fans who tuned in are rueing their clubs failure to bring Duffy north of the border.
According to The Mail, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers enquired about signing the then Blackburn Rovers defender two years ago after his impressive Euro 2016 campaign with the Republic of Ireland. It was claimed that Rodgers was willing to invest £2 million in Duffy – only for the former Everton man to join Brighton soon after.
These days, Celtic’s defence is arguably lacking in both quality and leadership and, on Sunday’s evidence, the 26-year-old would have provided both attributes in spades. He’s certainly worth a lot more than £2 million now.
Mind we were linked— pinkbacon voted aye! (@Sherky1888) August 19, 2018
Another one that got away . . .— CelticVines (@Celtic_Vines) August 19, 2018
The guy lives to defend
get yourself up to parkhead big man, we could really be doing with you right now!— sergie (@morgie76) August 19, 2018
Forget that league & get up the M74 to the Hoops & sort our defence out— Fergie (@Ferg7752) August 19, 2018
What id do for a Shane Duffy type defender at Celtic .....— Tony Dickson (@dickieboy8) August 19, 2018
Think Celtic shud burst the bank for shane Duffy, we need to b more adventurous in the transfer market— O'MALLEY (@AllenOmalley) August 19, 2018
I wouldn’t take Lindelof or Bailly in the Celtic defence and that’s saying something. And it’s the Celtic Duffy. Well done big man.— Conor (@Conor_Spence67) August 19, 2018
Big Duffy showing again why he is a quality Centre half, id have him at Celtic tomorrow.— Caolán (@caolan_cfc) August 19, 2018
Shane Duffy would love good and right at home in the Hoops.— Yankee10570 (@Yankee10570) August 19, 2018
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