Shane Duffy will walk straight into the Celtic starting XI because Neil Lennon can trust him, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen forward believes the Republic of Ireland captain will be an instant hit at Parkhead.
The Celtic boss told his wantaway players to quit the club following the Hoops’ second qualifying round exit from the Champions League last week.
Duffy… 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 ✅🙌
Welcome, @shaneduffy! 🤩💚
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 2, 2020
Football Insider revealed that one of the players Lennon was referring to is defender Kristoffer Ajer who is keen to leave Parkhead this summer.
And Whelan now believes Duffy, who has joined on a season-long loan from Brighton, has been brought in by Lennon to ruffle some feathers.
He told Football Insider: “He doesn’t seem a player that’s going to mix his words and I think that’s what Neil Lennon likes – someone that has got that fire in his belly, someone that’s aggressive, someone that’s going to be a leader and not scared of ruffling any feathers if people aren’t at it.
“That word trust, I believe Neil Lennon feels he can trust him, especially after the way certain players came out and said they want to leave the football club.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he comes straight back into the side.”
Duffy is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland and scored a stoppage time equaliser against Bulgaria on Thursday night.
He will join up with his new teammates next week and is expected to go straight into contention for the Bhoys’ trip to Ross County on 12 September.
The 28-year-old leaves Brighton having played 130 games for the Seagulls including 96 appearances in the Premier League.