By Kieran Maguire

8th Mar, 2021 | 12:43pm

Maguire slams 'walking disaster' Duffy and reveals why top stars will stay at Rangers

Rangers may be able to hold on to their stars for longer due to the Euro downturn – but “walking disaster” Shane Duffy has proved the Scottish league is not easy. 

That is according to spreadsheet guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively with European football embroiled in financial turmoil as a result of the pandemic.

The French TV deal has collapsed, leaving clubs £2.6billion out of pocket while Spanish clubs have been forced to drastically cut wage expenditure by La Liga.

Rangers have just secured the Scottish Premiership title and are still going strong in the Europa League, putting their players in the shop window as a result.

Maguire explains that the state of the European market might mean that Rangers get to hang on to their stars for longer and see their value skyrocket as a result.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “A consequence of the downturn is that they are less likely to be picked apart by European clubs in the summer.

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“And if a player stays at a club longer then their market value will continue to increase as they develop at the club. They can then sell them on for more further down the line. 

“In Scotland, they do have an alternative way of displaying their talents. There is always a slight question mark in terms of people saying: ‘Yes, you look very good against Kilmarnock and Hamilton but can you actually do it in the Premier League where it is a tough standard a lot of the time?’

“Although, equally we’ve seen players like Shane Duffy go to Celtic. He thought he’d walk it but turned out to be a walking disaster.”

Duffy signed for Celtic on loan from Brighton at the outset of the season in the hope of securing a tenth successive title for his boyhood club.

But his time at Parkhead is widely adjudge to have been an unmitigated disaster, with Celtic a distant 2nd and exiting the Europa League at the group stage.

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