Alan Hutton has tipped Shane Duffy to help “settle” the Celtic backline as he closes in on a move to Parkhead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender believes the 28-year-old’s experience of Premier League and international action will be a welcome addition to Neil Lennon’s side.

As revealed by Football Insider, Duffy left the Republic of Ireland training camp to undergo a medical on Tuesday after the Hoops agreed to pay Brighton a £2.5million loan fee.

It is understood the Bhoys raised their initial £1million offer by £1.5million after the Seagulls upped their demands to £3million for his temporary move.

Lennon has used Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien as his first-choice centre-back pairing this season, although Nir Bitton has also stepped in at the heart of the defence.

Hutton believes that Duffy could join the rearguard as part of a back three and that his experience would work wonders alongside the defensive pair.

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Hutton told Football Insider: “I wouldn’t say they’re missing a leader but I think he would definitely help.

“I think him coming in could help settle them down, he’s got a wealth of experience, both internationally and in the Premier League. If he was to just sit in the middle of Jullien and Ajer, that would be a great back three and something for them to build on.” 

Duffy played 21 times for Brighton last season, with 19 of those appearances made in the Premier League.

He has a total of 96 top-flight games under his belt, as well as 33 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

In other news, Celtic have agreed the terms of a blockbuster signing after medical completed.