Alex Bruce believes that Celtic could beat West Ham and West Brom to the capture of Brighton defender Shane Duffy this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League centre-back believes that the 28-year-old’s boyhood allegiances to the Hoops could swing the battle for his capture in Neil Lennon’s favour.

The Daily Mail report that both the Baggies and the Irons have joined the Bhoys in the hunt to sign the Republic of Ireland international, although the English sides would be willing to offer a permanent move instead of a loan.

Duffy, who moved to England from Northern Ireland as a youngster back in 2008, is a known fan of the Bhoys.

Bruce believes that his loyalty to the Glasgow giants could see Celtic beat their English rivals to his capture this summer.

Asked if Premier League interest could be a blow to Celtic’s hopes of signing Duffy, Bruce told Football Insider: “Maybe but listen, if he’s a boyhood Celtic fan then it might just stand them in good stead to sign him.

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“We’ll just have to watch this space with it – whatever club he goes to, I’m sure they’ll be very happy to have him.”

Lennon currently has the likes of Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer and Hatem Abd Elhamed to call upon at centre-back.

The French enforcer came under heavy fire for his performance against Kilmarnock on Sunday after he conceded a penalty and constantly struggled to defend against Nicke Kabamba.

In other Celtic news, Frank McAvennie has been told the real reason why Albian Ajeti did not feature much at West Ham.