Simon Donnelly believes that Celtic should cut their losses and terminate Shane Duffy’s loan deal with Brighton.
At the start of September the defender arrived on a season long loan and seemed to be the ideal signing to give extra security to the Celtic defence with Chris Jullien and Kris Ajer without any natural back-up.
Duffy started well with goals in his first two matches but over the last two months he has been part of a defence that has been losing close to two goals per game.
After a spell out of the side the Irishman returned to the side against Lille and although results have taken an upturn the defence has lost five goals in three matches.
On the Huddle podcast (21 minutes) with Frank McAvennie and Mark Wilson, Donnelly said:
I think he has struggled. In the last couple of games, he scored a fantastic header and you are thinking ‘right kick on’ but when the tide turns at the weekend, these mistakes surface again.
The one with Jullien, I couldn’t believe what I was watching at the time. The Hearts lad almost goes in and scores and that could have potentially been the winner. Yeah I would maybe cut my losses and look to strengthen there again.
Although the loan was for a season almost every loan has an option on all sides to cut it short during a transfer window.
Nir Bitton and Stephen Welsh are options in central defence as well as Hatem Abd Elhamed although he has been linked with a return to Israel.