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‘There’s no BS with him’ Shane Duffy will be Celtic hero – Adam Virgo

Scottish PremiershipCeltic‘There’s no BS with him’ Shane Duffy will be Celtic hero - Adam Virgo
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Adam Virgo says Shane Duffy will quickly enter the hearts of the Celtic faithful, because he ‘wears his heart on his sleeve’ and takes no nonsense from the other team.

Virgo was commentator last season, where he saw the vital role Duffy played for the seagulls.

Virgo said: “I saw his development and his very quick rise and watched over the last year as he lost his place in the starting line-up.

“From what I’ve heard about him at Brighton, he’s a player who will always wear his heart on his sleeve.

“There’s no BS with him. What you see is what you get. He will suit Celtic very well.

“He’s Irish and a Celtic fan so it’s a good fit and he has the attributes as a player. From my time at Celtic I know the supporters love the flair players — the Nakamuras and Moravciks.

“But they’ll always look up to the Roy Aitkens, the Johan Mjallbys, the Bobos as well. They always love that solid player at the back. The warrior centre-half.

“Even though he’s lacked a little bit of game time going to Celtic it’s a fantastic move for Shane.

“They’ve got a good player in terms of a leader at the back, and with the experience he has in terms of Premier League football it’s a great deal for everyone.”

Virgo was stunned to not see Duffy score eight goals last season.

He said: “Shane and Lewis Dunk played together at Brighton  and I was amazed how neither of them ended up on eight goals a season.

“Shane is very strong in the air. Aerial ability is probably one of his strongest attributes defending corners.

“But it’s different when he’s up at the other end.”

Virgo  added: “One of the reasons he wasn’t getting in the back three at Brighton was Graham saw him as a central defender in a three.

“The problem with that was he was up against Lewis Dunk for that central position, so he was never going to play.

“But in the back four in the Championship, when Brighton got promoted, he was absolutely stonewall in terms of his quality.

“He and Lewis got a lot of accolades in that first year in the Premier League and a lot of plaudits for the way they defended.

“But I thought it was the right time for him to leave Brighton. Shane’s a player who needs to be playing first-team football.

“He’s gone to a fantastic club with a very good manager. Neil has been a big fan of his for quite a few seasons. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

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