By Frank McAvennie

10th Sep, 2020 | 11:32am

'Absolutely delighted' - Exclusive: McAvennie in awe of latest Celtic signing after reveal

Frank McAvennie lauded Shane Duffy after the new Celtic recruit revealed that a number of Premier League clubs were interested in him this summer.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that it was “refreshing” to see “that it was not all about money” with the 28-year-old.

The centre-half is preparing to make his debut for Neil Lennon’s side this weekend after he completed a season-long loan move from Brighton earlier this month.

Duffy turned down the advances of several Premier League sides to make the move to Glasgow and Football Insider understands West Brom and West Ham were two of them.

The Hoops travel to Ross County on Saturday but it is expected that the Republic of Ireland international will start but at whose expense remains to be seen.

When asked by Football Insider if Duffy’s move showed that the Scottish Premiership was becoming a more attractive proposition to player’s, McAvennie said: “Duffy’s from Derry and there is a big Celtic contingent there.

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“He could have gone to West Ham and fight relegation or create history by going and winning the 10 – there was no choice for Shane but it is a good sign because it shows that it is not all about money.

“It is an important season and he just wants to win. It is refreshing to hear that. I want the best players to come up to Scotland so I am absolutely delighted that Duffy chose Celtic.” 

When asked why he chose the Bhoys, Duffy said: “It’s huge for me, this is a huge club. Career-wise, that will be decided next season, but this season the focus is on here.

“It’s down to me to perform week in, week out and win trophies for this club. That’s what I’m here to do.”

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that club are working on a deal to sign £5m-valued forward on pre-contract.