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Shane Duffy: Republic of Ireland defender has ‘turned a page’ after Celtic loan

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Shane Duffy revealed that he has put his Celtic loan behind him. The defender had a difficult year as Celtic suffered a disastrous season. He was the victim of a lot of online abuse after he lost his place in the starting line-up. Duffy returned to Brighton after he was ruled out due to injury towards the end of the season. Celtic were chasing a 10-in a row title season.

“I think it has been well noted I’ve had a tough time on and off the pitch,” said Shane Duffy after returning from Celtic. “I feel that I’ve dealt with it as best I can. I didn’t plan for it to go like this, but that’s the setback I’ve got and I’m big and ugly enough to deal with it and come out the other side.”

“This season is over now and I feel mentally I’ve turned a page, and I’m not going to stop now. I’m going to keep going through the summer and be ready for pre-season and hit the ground running,” he added. “I feel I’ve had a year off where I haven’t played my best stuff and I am ready to get that back next season.”

Ireland has suffered back-to-back defeats against Serbia and Luxembourg in their World Cup qualification campaign. Duffy said that it would be a mistake to rule them out. Stephen Kenny and his men will have matches against Portugal and Azerbaijan to come so as to make up for their bad start.

“You always have that belief. It was only a couple of games played and if you write us off now, it would be stupid, I’d say,” he added. “We’re just getting going, hopefully, and it’s about the performances turning into results and we’ll shock a few teams hopefully and kick on. We fully believe the manager has the right thing going here and with a little bit of luck with players and Covid and stuff like that, we can kick on.”

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