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John Hartson reacts to Celtic signing Shane Duffy

John Hartson has taken to Twitter to give his reaction to Celtic signing Shane Duffy from Brighton and Hove Albion.

As announced on Celtic’s official website on Wednesday, the Glasgow giants have signed Duffy on a season-long loan deal.

Former Celtic striker Hartson is pleased to see the Hoops bring in the 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international centre-back.

Overjoyed Shane Duffy

Duffy himself is delighted to have made the switch to Celtic, and the former Everton man is looking forward to getting started.

The defender said: “I really am delighted to sign this deal with Celtic. 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.

“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.”

Delighted Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has explained his decision to bring in the Republic of Ireland international centre-back.

Lennon 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. We can’t wait to get Shane involved in the squad as we look to the many challenges ahead.”

Title race

The signing of Duffy will enhance Celtic’s chances of winning the Scottish Premiership title this season.

The Bhoys are rated at 4/7 favourites to make it 10 league titles in a row this campaign.

Lennon’s side are third in the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 10 points from four matches, six points behind bitter Old Firm rivals Rangers, who have played six games.

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