Shane Duffy has received the backing of his Celtic manager Neil Lennon after his recent performances came under scrutiny.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons described the Republic of Ireland defender's recent showings as "rank rotten" as the Hoops dropped points in the Scottish Premiership title race following a 3-3 draw against Aberdeen which came a week after an Old Firm defeat to Rangers and three days after a loss to AC Milan in the Europa League.

"Duffy just looks like an accident waiting to happen," Commons added, warning that the Co Derry native needs to "get himself up to speed and sharpish".

But Celtic boss Lennon, who himself earned backing from Kenny Dalglish after the Glasgow side's recent struggles, leapt to Duffy's defence.

"As the season unfurls and goes along, he'll play a huge part for us and he's a good type as well," he told the Daily Record. 

"Shane didn’t play any football for nine months. All of a sudden, he’s played 14 games in about five weeks. He played all the games for Ireland, then had an abscess in his mouth that was giving him a lot of pain.

"He flew back into Glasgow and had some emergency dental work. Then we had to roll him out against Rangers.

"He played on Thursday night but we're curtailed in that he’s got no Bitton, Jullien or Elhamed beside him.

"In the main, his performances have been pretty consistent. I know he's under a bit of scrutiny because people are looking at him for some of the goals we've lost but we can't pinpoint that on Shane. It's a collective effort."

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