‘Phenomenon’ McLeish to Duffy’s surprise


Alex McLeish has praised Shane Duffy as an “event” for Celtic since taking a loan from Brighton.

The former Scotland director, speaking exclusively Football Insider Assistant Editor Russell Edge surprised the 28-year-old Sky’s dominance in the first game for the Hoops.

Duffy scored the first goal for Voice with a great header against Ross County and added a second in two games with a 2-1 win over St. Mirren on Wednesday.

McLeish asked Lennon to sign second-back to the Republic of Ireland for Hoops when he first signed for the men.

Seeing the defender in action at Parkhead now, the former Rangers manager praised his physical presence on both ends of the pitch.

McLeish said Football Insider: “You see, he’s an incident and he attacks the ball like an attacker. He is jumping on top of everyone else while running.

“Perhaps an armored tip for the people who are going to play against him, don’t let him run. If he gets a run, he will go above and beyond most people.

“When I watched the Ross County game I thought it was a bit like the boys against the men. Celtic is so big to look at, so powerful and you can add technical players to it too – McGregor, Scotty Brown, Edward obviously.

“They show such a big team now, and that’s what reminded me when we raised our heads with them and with the Quarterly Day on Martin O’Neill’s day – sorry to mention that!”

Duffy lined up on defense with Christopher Today, Hatem Abd Elhemad and Greg Taylor to drop Christopher Julien from the starting XI against Lennon St. Mirren.

Hoops also used the back nest biton as a temporary hub for the occasion before the arrival of Boss Duffy.

In other Celtic news, Frank McAveni is adamant that the 25-year-old wants to leave the club.

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