Celtic turn to Euro 2016 defender to solve centre-back crisis - report
By Harvey Byrne
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has shown an interest in Blackburn centre-back Shane Duffy, according to a report.
Celtic fan website celticquicknews claim Rodgers aims to solve the club’s defensive worries by signing Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy.
The Blackburn Rovers defender is on the former Liverpool manager’s radar as he attempts to solve problems in the back four.
Current defender Jozo Simunovic will miss the Champions League qualifiers in July and isn’t expected back before August, when the season starts.
Dedryck Boyata, who also missed the end of the 2015-16 season, is also struggling for fitness and is likely to miss out on the start of the campaign too.
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Out-of-contract Charlie Mulgrew, who can also cover the centre-back position, is still mulling over a two-year extension.
This has left Rodgers with limited options and only Danish international Erik Sviatchenko as his only recognized central defender.
Duffy, who was sent off in the Republic of Ireland’s defeat against France on Sunday gave an impressive display in his first appearance of the tournament when his nation beat Italy 1-0.
He could be the ideal player for Rodgers to shore up his defence, although new Ewood Park boss Owen Coyle is likely to want to keep the 24-year-old centre-back.
Duffy, 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.