Brighton have confirmed centre back Shane Duffy has completed a season-long loan move to Celtic.
The 28-year-old - who was voted the club's player of the season for 2018/19 - fell down the pecking order under Graham Potter last season. While the defender made 21 appearances in all competitions in 2019/20, just 14 of those came as starts.
Duffy still has three years to run on his Brighton contract, but talk of a move away increased as a result of his lack of game time. A number of clubs were interested in his services, but the Seagulls have now confirmed on their official website that Duffy has completed a season-long loan move to Celtic. The club do not specify if the Scottish champions have the option to make the move permanent, however.
Speaking following his departure, Potter explained that one of the primary reasons Duffy left was due to concerns he had over playing time for 2020/21 - with competition for places in defence even tougher now following the return of Ben White. He said: “Shane is part of Albion history.
"He has been a big part of the club’s recent progress in winning promotion to the Premier League and in retaining our place in the top flight.
“He is keen to play regularly and, with increased competition in the centre of defence, we cannot guarantee that. This move is a huge opportunity for Shane and on behalf of everyone at the club we wish him well for the season.
“From a personal point of view he has been an absolute pleasure to work with, and as a man and a character he is someone we all love. This has been a challenging year for him on and, more importantly, off the pitch, but I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to work with Shane and develop the relationship I have with him.”
Duffy joined Brighton from Blackburn back in the summer of 2016 and has gone on to make 130 appearances in total for the Premier League outfit, scoring eight times.