Mention Shane Duffy’s name around Celtic supporters and you’re likely to provoke stories of terror and torment.
The centre-back signed for the Hoops on loan 12 months ago and he looked like a solid pick up initially.
He had experience in the top-flight of English football and was proven in one of the best leagues in European football.
However, he eventually left Parkhead early following an injury-hit and calamitous stay in Glasgow.
Duffy was nothing short of a liability at Celtic last season, miscommunicating with Christopher Jullien in the Scottish Cup final back in December and producing a number of errors.
A short cameo against Rangers back in January said it all. He replaced Nir Bitton following the Israeli’s red card but the Irishman was fortunate not to be sent off himself for a reckless challenge on Ryan Kent.
Do you want Baldock at Paradise?
That’s a mind-boggling amount considering the performances he put in.
However, it serves as a reminder of why Ange Postecoglou cannot overpay for George Baldock this summer.
Another proven Premier League defender, Celtic would be happy to pay £5m in order to lure the full-back to Paradise.
However, they’re looking to find alternatives in the market after it became apparent that Sheffield United want something closer to £8m in order to let him leave.
The Hoops are desperate to find a right-back with Anthony Ralston the only senior option they have at their disposal in that third of the pitch.
Though, with the defender putting in an abject display against Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday, there is an even greater need to invest in a right-sided defender.
Baldock was previously described as “superb” for a piece of play he produced for Sheffield United but if their Duffy situation told them anything, it’s that they cannot overplay for players simply because they’ve starred in the Premier League.
He is a capable defender and adept in forward areas but they’d find much better value for money pursuing someone like Brandon Soppy or Aurelio Buta.
With a high fee being touted, this is a move that the Hoops need to forget about.
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