Celtic complete season-long loan transfer of Shane Duffy from Brighton as defender joins club he has 'always loved'

CELTIC have completed the signing of Shane Duffy on a season-long loan from Brighton.

The defender, 28, is a lifelong Hoops fan and he has now secured a switch to Neil Lennon's side for the year.

West Ham and West Brom were both keen to land the Republic of Ireland centre-back this summer but he made it clear he wanted to join the Scottish champions.

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Duffy said: "I really am delighted to sign this deal with Celtic.

"It is a huge honour for me to join Celtic, such a huge institution and a brilliant football club that I have always loved and admired.

"It will be a fantastic personal moment for me when I pull on the Celtic jersey.

"It’s just a great feeling – I could not be happier to be part of the Club now and I just can’t wait to start working with the Manager, the staff and the players when I return from International duty with Ireland.

"We will be challenging on a lot of fronts this season and I am really excited about getting going, as we try and bring the fans more and more success."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon added: "We are delighted to bring a player of Shane’s quality to Celtic.

"He is an international player with so many great attributes. He is leader and he’s a warrior – someone with real ability and who will also give us that great physical presence.

"I know too he is a player who will add great personality to the dressing room. This is a real coup for the Club. From the off, Shane wanted to come to Celtic and we are delighted we have been able to fend off English Premier League interest.

"We are delighted with Shane’s decision to come and I am delighted with the business which Nick Hammond and the Board have done, not only in bringing Shane to Celtic, but throughout the window.

"We can’t wait to get Shane involved in the squad as we look to the many challenges ahead."

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