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Football | Shane Duffy still looking to improve after debut goal

There was something familiar to Shane Duffy's goal in his debut for Celtic on Saturday in the sides comfortable 5-0 win over Ross County.

Callum McGregor swung in a fine corner and the Republic of Ireland defender rose to power home a header, to give him the best possible start to life in a Celtic jersey.

His year long loan deal in Glasgow from Brighton sees the Derry native given the opportunity to play regular football after losing his place in the Brighton team.

Speaking to Celtic TV, Duffy said the clean sheet, the comfortable victory and the bonus of opening his account was a great feeling.

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"It was obviously great to get off to a good start and to get the win, a clean sheet and a goal on top of that, that’s a bonus.

"It was a tough game, despite the scoreline, especially in the first half. We weren’t happy going in at half-time, we sorted a few things out and then in the second half, we controlled it from there."

It was the perfect tonic for the player, who despite securing a late equaliser for Ireland away to Bulgaria in the nations league, had the frustration of experiencing the 1-0 home defeat to Finland in the same tournament.

If his form continues, it will be a nice confidence builder ahead of Ireland's crucial game against Slovakia next month.

Duffy spoke in the same interview about the importance communication in his game.

"Communication is part of my game, I feel like as a leader I’ve got to communicate and keep everyone on it.

"I know in games when it’s 2-0 it’s never over, and it’s about those small details, trying to keep everyone on their toes, to keep us going and pushing more to try and finish off the game.

"I try and do that and then, obviously, concentrate on my own game."

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