Andy Halliday believes Shane Duffy has lost ALL confidence at Celtic – but things would be worse if Parkhead was at capacity week-in, week-out.
Duffy has had a poor season as a Hoops player since joining on loan from Brighton with some high-profile errors costing goals. The Irishman has been criticised by sections of the home support as well as pundits and ex-pros but is believed to be sticking around to see out his loan spell.
Ex-Rangers midfielder Halliday has watched Duffy falter on numerous occasions but it was the last Old Firm game at Ibrox he pointed to as a serious indication that he had lost all faith in his own ability.
“He does, he looks as if he’s got no confidence whatsoever, none,” Halliday told Open Goal in a discussion about the Celtic defender. “Obviously I wasn’t on for the last Old Firm game but he was on for about two minutes and the ball dropped to him and he tried to flick it away with the side of his foot. It’s like he has no confidence at all.”
Fellow pundit and former Rangers attacker Kevin Kyle also weighed in, claiming Duffy would be struggling even more to deal with life as a Hoops player if 60,000 supporters were giving him stick for his performances on a weekly basis.
Kyle added: “This is the first time in nine years they’ve had this scrutiny and pressure so this is the first time, for me, watching, is that they’ve had to deal with that. I don’t think some of them are handling it very well. Flip that to Rangers last season and they were flying to a point and crumbled a wee bit. The pressure was immense and they didn’t deal with it.
“This season they’ve learned from that mistake and corrected their wrongs. Whereas Celtic it’s the first time they’re dealing with it and, if it was with fans inside the stadium, it would be a million times worse than it is now.
“When you make a mistake in a big game and hear fans boo and you think ‘I’ll not do that again’, imagine 60,000 fans at Parkhead and Shane Duffy is doing what he’s doing?”