By Michael Brown

18th Aug, 2020 | 6:00pm

Brown Exclusive: Celtic well placed to pull off 'difficult' signing after talks begin

Michael Brown claims that the lure of European football could help Celtic pull off the “difficult” signing of Shane Duffy from Brighton.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the Hoops would do very well to get the 28-year-old defender on board this summer.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, Duffy has held talks over a loan move to Parkhead but his wages could prove to be a stumbling block for the Hoops.

Brown insists that it is going to be a battle for Neil Lennon to seal the signing of the Republic of Ireland international but suggests the chance to play in Europe could swing things in the Bhoys’ favour.

“That one might be difficult for them to get over the line, I think, at this stage and where it’s at but you never say never, do you?” Brown told Football Insider.

“I think that European football is key, you’ve got to look at that, I personally looked at it when I could have gone to Rangers, you talk about playing in Europe and it is something you look at. It does make it a better prospect than just playing in the SPL.

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“Celtic, you talk about 10-in-a-row, it’s going to be difficult to stop them.” 

Duffy has played 130 times for Brighton to date but fell down the pecking order under Graham Potter last season.

He featured 21 times across all competitions and now has the likes of Ben White, who has returned from his loan at Leeds United, and new signing Joel Veltman for added competition.

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan has identified a potential problem with the Hoops’ new signing.