Exclusive: McAvennie claims Celtic have their own Joey Barton situation
Frank McAvennie claims Shane Duffy could be the Celtic Joey Barton after the poor start to his Glasgow career.
The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the 28-year-old’s troubles stem from Neil Lennon’s side’s high defensive line.
A 3-3 draw at Pittodrie last weekend made it eight goals conceded in just three games for the Hoops.
McAvennie believes the pace of Scottish football may have taken the Republic of Ireland international by surprise.
“Duffy has come in and he has got a shock to the system,” he told Football Insider.
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“A lot of people who come from the Premier League to Scotland think it is easy money and I am not saying Shane Duffy is one of them, an example would be Joey Barton at Rangers.
“The player realises that it is a lot quicker than what they thought. You do not get time on the ball.
“Duffy’s problem is Brighton defend very deep. They are used to defending on the 18-yard line, so nobody would knock the ball over the top of him.
“But Celtic push on and the full-backs bomb forward and that is an area that Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister looked to exploit last week. They had a game plan.
“I think Duffy will learn but he is learning the hard way. In the 92nd minute when Duffy was trying to flick it over the boy’s head, just put it out of the park. If you do that Celtic win the game.
“It is not just Shane’s fault though. There is a lot of players who are not up to scratch yet.”
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that club have £22.5million in the bank ahead of January.