Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle has poured cold water on rumours linking his defender Shane Duffy with a move to Celtic, insisting they’ve had no offer from the Scottish champions.
Republic of Ireland centre-back Duffy is a wanted man following several impressive showings for his country at this summer’s Euro 2016, and the Hoops are thought to be at the front of the queue.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has signed just one player since arriving in Glasgow – 19-year-old Moussa Dembele from Fulham – and he could probably be doing with some defensive reinforcements.
But any Celtic supporters under the impression that a deal for Duffy is in the offing probably shouldn’t get their hopes up, judging by Coyle’s comments today.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, via Joe.ie, he said: “In regards to Shane, there’s been no concrete offers from Celtic, in terms of a written offer, so that’s the only thing I can class as interest.
“If there’s other people speculating, then I can’t really comment on that.
“I only deal in the facts and the fact is there’s been no concrete offer from Glasgow Celtic for Shane Duffy.”
Hmm doesn’t sound too promising from a Celtic point of view, does it?
Even if Rodgers did manage to sign Duffy, the 24-year-old wouldn’t be able to play in the crucial Champions League qualifier against Astana next week, with the deadline for new registrations passing at 11pm last night.
What do you make of Coyle’s comments? And could Celtic be doing with Duffy?