Noel Whelan has hailed a dream week for Shane Duffy after completing a much-anticipated move to Celtic and scoring for his country.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen man delivered his verdict after the 28-year-old headed home a stoppage time equaliser in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.
The boyhood Celtic fan completed a season-long loan move to the Hoops on Wednesday before he earned his country a point in their Nations League game the following evening.
Duffy… 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 ✅🙌
Welcome, @shaneduffy! 🤩💚
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 2, 2020
This site revealed that Celtic have payed Brighton £2.5m for Duffy’s services and will be covering most of his £45,000-a-week wages. The total cost of the deal including fee and wages is around £4m.
The defender will not join up with his new teammates until next week but will be in contention to start his Celtic’s game against Ross County on 12 September.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Oh look, as a player it’s one of those weeks that just falls into the place – the only thing missing was having a baby!
“Look, it’s a great start and I think signing for Celtic has given him that belief and confidence as well, knowing your season’s sorted, you’re at a very good football club, it’s very exciting.
“It’s just fallen so well into place for him and Neil Lennon, watching that game and seeing how dominant he was for that goal as well, Neil Lennon will be feeling he’s done a good bit of business.”
He played 96 Premier League games for Brighton across three season, keeping 18 clean sheets.
The Republic of Ireland captain has 44 caps for his country and his goal on Thursday was his fourth for the boys in green.
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