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Football | Neil Lennon hails "magnificent" Shane Duffy on Celtic debut

When Shane Duffy rose to Callum McGregor's corner to secure his first Celtic goal on his debut on Saturday, it was in a manner that has become something of a trademark for the Derryman.

A towering header delivered with precision and power is something of a specialty for the central defender, and he made no mistake when scoring to contribute to Celtic's 5-0 win over Ross County.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon told Celtic TV that despite a slow tempo in the first-half of the match that he was still delighted with the manner of his sides performance in the first challenge of their title defence.

In conjunction to this, he singled out the performance of the Republic of Ireland defender, who has joined the Glasgow club on a year-long loan deal from Premier division side Brighton.

"I thought Shane looked better as the game went on, I thought he got a huge lift from the goal as well.

"After that, I felt he was peerless, I thought he was magnificent.

"Hopefully he can continue that going forward, it’s been a great day for him and a great day for the team and he’s made a massive contribution to that."

Duffy won't have long to wait to prove his worth to his new manager as Celtic will return to action on Wednesday night when they face St. Mirren in a league game.

St. Mirren will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing opening day defeat away to an Alfredo Morelos inspired Rangers side at Ibrox, suffering a 3-0 defeat.

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