By Noel Whelan

15th Aug, 2020 | 8:30pm

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic 'Can't afford' to miss out on brilliant new signing after talks open

Noel Whelan believes Brighton defender Shane Duffy could be an “invaluable” signing for Celtic this summer.

The former Premiership striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that the 28-year-old would offer the Hoops some much-needed experience as they hunt for their 10th successive league title.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Bhoys have held talks over a loan move for the centre-back but face a fight to strike a deal as Brighton are demanding his wages are fully covered.

However, Whelan believes that the Brighton enforcer is exactly the sort of player that Neil Lennon needs at Parkhead to provide some guidance to the young talents in Glasgow.

Whelan told Football Insider: “One of these players that Neil Lennon knows how important they are to a side that’s going to be challenging to be champions.

“I don’t think there’s too many sides that go and win anything without that experience in the side. It becomes so invaluable that you can’t afford to not have these players in your side.

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“It’s about that nice blend and he’d be one of these players that would be a winner, he’s got that mentality, he’s got that fight, that drive and he’s offering experience to a very exciting, young Celtic side there.

“He’d be adding something that they need as well – that bit of guidance.” 

Duffy has played 96 times in the Premier League but was in and out the Brighton side under Graham Potter last season.

Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer have started at the heart of the defence in both of Celtic’s league games so far.

In other news, a Celtic star will be key to Leeds United signing their “No1 priority target” this summer.