Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy has joined Celtic on a year-long loan deal.

The Brighton defender is currently on international duty with Ireland as they prepare to face Bulgaria and Finland in the nations league, but will link up with Celtic next week.

The 28-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at the Amex Stadium in recent months and will now spend the 2020-21 campaign with the reigning Scottish Premiership champions.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hailed the capture of Duffy and said: "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."

For Duffy, it's a new challenge and he admits that it took little convincing to get him to join a club he has supported.

"I really am delighted to sign this deal with Celtic," he said. "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.

"People all know the connection with Derry and Ireland and Celtic. It's all we knew growing up, really.

"As I've grown up I've been lucky enough to go to a few games and sample the atmosphere. It's my boyhood club and it is literally a dream when you're a kid to play for Celtic.

"I've had all the tops down the years, so to now get to experience it and go out at Celtic Park and play for the club you love is a huge honour. Hopefully I can do them proud."

"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."

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