Derry City’s loss is very much Celtic’s gain as it was announced this week that young winger, Michael Duffy was to sign for the Parkhead club.
At 20 years of age, the Derry native has plenty of time to make his way into a starting position in the Celtic first team and with three years of first team action behind him at Derry City, one would hope it will be sooner rather than later for the Northern Ireland under-21 international.
Quoted in the Derry Journal, following signing a four and half-year deal, Duffy said,
“My family are all buzzing for me, I’m constantly getting messages since I signed, it’s amazing.
“It’s such a good experience for me being around all these top players. I’m just enjoying it.
“It feels amazing,” he continued.
“It’s like a dream come true. I came over here on trial just before Christmas and spent eight days here and saw two matches that I’d never been to before. It was brilliant.
“I’ve never actually been to Parkhead before to watch a game but the first time I came over for a trial I managed to get to two matches. I got to one of the Europa League matches and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing.
“I’m now going to work hard and try my best to make an appearance for the first-team and make the fans happy. This is the club I’ve always supported and this is huge for me.
“I need to work hard, put all my effort into it and just show good determination and give it my all.”
As mentioned last week, Derry boss Peter Hutton now has the unenviable task of trying to find a replacement for the talented Duffy.
It is reported by the Derry Journal however, that Derry are to receive in the region of above £100,000 for Duffy, despite neither club releasing any official fee.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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