By Paul Robinson

18th Aug, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Paul Robinson expects 'Excellent' ex-teammate & PL star to sign for Celtic

Paul Robinson has claimed his former teammate Shane Duffy would prefer a move to Celtic ahead of his other suitors because of his Irish heritage. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former England international – who played with the 28-year-old at Blackburn Rovers – hailed the Brighton defender as an “excellent” talent.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Hoops have held talks over a potential loan move for the Republic of Ireland international this summer, but could face difficulties when it comes to covering his wages. 

Duffy also has interest from West Ham and West Brom, but given the choice, Robinson believes that his ex-colleague would rather head north to Parkhead.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think he’s an excellent defender.

“He’s a good, solid talent and he’s a threat on set-plays.

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“I think there’s been a link with Celtic, and with his Irish heritage I think Celtic would be a real big draw for him.

“I played with Shane at Blackburn, and with his background and his family, I think that would be too much of a pull for him to go and play at Celtic.”

Duffy is understood to have grown up as a huge Celtic fan over in Ireland, and has represented the Republic 33 times at senior international level, scoring three goals in the process.

The defender joined current side Brighton from Blackburn for a fee of around £4.7 million in 2016, and has gone on to make 130 appearances for the Seagulls across all competitions.

In other Celtic news, one Hoops transfer has collapsed after a fee & personal terms were agreed.