By Alan Hutton

23rd Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

'Mickey Mouse' - Exclusive: Pundit savages Celtic player who can't cope

Shane Duffy has struggled to deal with the immense pressure of being a Celtic player this season, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the 28-year-old expected to stroll his way through a “Mickey Mouse League” after joining from Brighton on loan this summer.

The Republic of Ireland international has come under heavy fire for his performances at Parkhead this season, most recently in Sunday’s Scottish Cup final win over Hearts.

Duffy was involved in a number of mix-ups with centre-back partner Christopher Jullien as the Bhoys were taken to penalties by the Championship side following a 3-3 draw, with Neil Lennon’s men eventually coming out on top.

Hutton has suggested the Hoops loanee was complacent on his arrival at Parkhead and that the mounting pressure from fans and the media has taken its toll.

Hutton told Football Insider: I just always think that people in England think that Scotland is a kind of Mickey Mouse league and they’ll go up there, they’ll play games, win trophies, just pass the ball about, everything will be easy – it’s nothing like that.

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“I mean, for one, you don’t understand the pressure you’re under at Rangers and Celtic to perform every single week, every minute to win every single game. You don’t get that down south.

“You know, if he’s playing with Brighton and you win one and lose four and then have a draw, that’s all right, that’s acceptable. That’s not acceptable in Scotland, especially at the top teams, you have to win and perform and if you don’t, the fans will let you know.

“Whether it be social media, every day in the newspaper, Rangers and Celtic, every single day so they will magnify everything and I think that’s the part he’s not been used to. If you take all this criticism and you see it daily, it’s difficult.

“You need to be a big personality to be able to deal with that and it just seems like it hasn’t been able to at the moment.”

In other news, Celtic are set to receive a major financial pick-me-up after European exit.