By Frank McAvennie

26th Aug, 2020 | 2:30pm

'I'd love him at Celtic' - Exclusive: McAvennie Wowed as Hoops in new talks over marquee deal

Frank McAvennie “would love” to see Celtic sign Shane Duffy this summer and compared the Brighton defender to Leicester’s Jonny Evans.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the 28-year-old would “be an ever-present” in Neil Lennon’s side if signed.

The centre-half is being chased by three Premier League clubs – West Ham, Newcastle United and West Brom – as he seeks a way out of the Amex Stadium.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that Hoops chiefs met with their counterparts from Brighton for fresh talks over a deal for the Republic of Ireland international.

The club are keen to sign Duffy, who has three years left on his current contract, on a season-long loan deal.

When asked by Football Insider if Duffy is an improvement on the centre-halves currently at Parkhead, McAvennie said:

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“He would go straight into the eleven ahead of Jullien or Ajer. You have Bitton as well who is a midfield player and Lenny will chop and change.

“I would say Duffy is equivalent to Jonny Evans at Leicester. He is not Van Dijk but he is so sure of himself.

“I would love to see Shane Duffy at Celtic Park. I rate him very highly. He will be a stalwart and be an ever-present at whichever club he ends up at this summer.”

Duffy has slipped down the pecking order at Brighton with Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster Graham Potter’s preferred pairing, while Ben White has returned to the club after a successful loan spell at Leeds United.

When speaking on the potential signing of the defender last wekk, Lennon said: “I think there’s common knowledge that there has been interest that’s been expressed.”

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton has revealed why he will be “glad to see the back” of a Hoops star after a bid was tabled.