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Football | Shane Duffy reveals Damien Duff influence on Celtic move

Shane Duffy made a dream debut at the weekend in Celtic's 5-0 win over Ross County.

A fine Callum McGregor in-swinging corner was met by the head of the Republic of Ireland defender. It was the perfect start to his year-long loan deal from Brighton.

Speaking to the clubs official website, the Derryman cited the influence of former Celtic coach and Irish winger Damien Duff, who is now a part of Stephen Kenny's coaching team with the Irish senior side, when they met up recently with the Irish squad for their Nations League games with Bulgaria and Finland.

"One of the first things Damien Duff said to me when I came through the doors at the Ireland camp was: ‘Are you going? Are you going? We first met up on the Sunday and that’s the first thing he said to me"

"He had good things to say about the club, and even on day one in Glasgow, I’d hardly been around the stadium and the amount of people who had great things to say about Damien was great. He’s missed already, clearly, and it was good to hear his great words about the club from the opposite end.

"I had a chat with him about the move and he told me it’d be the best decision that I could make now in my career, so I was really pleased to have him there offering advice. He had nothing but good things to say about Celtic, about the lads and about his team here in Glasgow."

The move to Glasgow came about after the player lost his first team starting spot under Graham Potter at Brighton, and the lure of first team football with the Scottish champions proved a suitable fit, with Duffs words of encouragement doing no harm in consolidating his decision.

Duffy should start again tonight when Celtic travel to face St Mirren at the Simple Digital Arena, as the team look to continue their rich vein of form against Jim Goodwin's side, having beaten them in their last 5 outings.

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