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Michael Stewart has suggested that Celtic will try to sign Shane Duffy on a permanent basis next summer if he proves himself a decent addition.

Duffy was the fifth player to join Celtic this summer after signing on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 28-year-old, a boyhood fan of the Parkhead club, cost a £2 million loan fee, according to The Scottish Daily Mail [backpage, 15/08].

With 97 Premier League appearances under his belt and 35 caps for the Republic of Ireland, Duffy should definitely prove himself a good acquisition by Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond.

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And Stewart has told The Scottish Sun that he can definitely see the Bhoys signing him up for good next summer.

He said: “I like Duffy as a signing for Celtic. I think it’s a smart piece of business by the Hoops. He’s 28 years old, he’s Ireland captain and he’s in the prime of his career. He’s the kind of player they wouldn’t normally be able to get on a permanent transfer. So if Duffy does well it’s reasonable to assume all parties will look for him to stay on.”

The Derry-born powerhouse will only have a couple of years left on his contract with the Seagulls by the time his loan expires with Celtic.

And he’ll be 29, so it’s definitely plausible that the Parkhead outfit could sign him in the long term.

Lennon won’t have to break the bank to get him nine months from now, but first he has to prove that he’s what Celtic need – and helping them to 10-in-a-row would be a superb step toward that.

Shane Duffy celebrates scoring the first goal for Blackburn (Reuters)

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