By Harvey Byrne
Shane Duffy has revealed that he is happy to stay at Blackburn after negotiations opened on extending his contract at Ewood Park.
The Scottish Champions have been linked with a move for the Ireland international, according to the Daily Record, with manager Brendan Rodgers keen on signing a centre-back.
However, the 24-year-old defender, who has a year left on his current deal, has revealed that he is happy to stay in the Championship with Blackburn next season.
“I’m just happy to be here and I’m happy at this club, so whatever happens otherwise, that’s not in my hands,” said Duffy to the Lancashire Telegraph.
“It’s up to the club and to the manager if he wants to give me a new deal, but I’m happy to be here.”
Rodgers is facing a centre-back crisis, with Dedryck Boyata struggling for fitness and likely to miss out on the start of the campaign. Out-of-contract Charlie Mulgrew, who can also cover the centre-back position, is still mulling over a two-year extension.
However, the former Liverpool manager has formed a reunion with veteran centre-back Kolo Toure, filling a void at the heart of his defence.
Duffy has caught the eye this summer after an impressive display at Euro 2016, helping Ireland progress from the group stages. In the round of 16 though, he was sent off after hauling down Antoine Griezmann,
The centre-back, who quit Everton for Rovers two years ago, starred for the Lancashire club in the recently completed season as he made 42 appearances across all competitions.
In other Celtic transfer news, Hibernian boss Neil Lennon is hopeful he can persuade the Hoops to part ways with Liam Henderson.