By Kevin Phillips

3rd Sep, 2020 | 7:00pm

'Fantastic signing' - Exclusive: Phillips blown away after Celtic complete £2.5m deal

Kevin Phillips has hailed Celtic boss Neil Lennon for the signing of Brighton defender Shane Duffy on a season-long loan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international claimed that the 28-year-old’s Premier League experience will give him “a massive advantage” in Scotland.

The Hoops confirmed yesterday that the centre-half had joined on a season-long loan deal after Football Insider revealed that he was to have a medical on Tuesday after the two clubs agreed on a £2.5million deal.

The Bhoys have more than doubled their initial offer of £1million to secure Duffy‘s services and will pay the majority of the his £45,000-a-week wages.

The Republic of Ireland international was the subject of interest from West Ham and West Brom but the player had his heart set on a move to Glasgow.

When asked by Football Insider if fans should be excited about the arrival of the centre-back, Phillips said: “I have been a big admirer of Shane Duffy over the years.

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“He struggled last year but going up there he will not be doing as much defending as he would have done at a lower club in the Premier League. His Premier League experience will give have a massive advantage in that league and I think he will settle very quickly.

“He is very assured and a leader. It is a fantastic, professional signing from Neil Lennon.”

Speaking while on international duty, Duffy said: “I’m delighted, it’s something that I’ve always dreamed of doing and I’m just excited to get up there now and get going.

“Hopefully I can do my best for the club. I’m over the moon, it’s been a long time coming!”

In other Celtic news, Frank McAvennie reveals the reason why he thinks Tom Rogic is quitting the club this summer.