Seagulls defender Shane Duffy in line for Celtic switch

The 28-year-old centre back is said to be close to joining Scottish champions Celtic, the club Duffy supported as a young boy.

With the strength of Brighton’s defensive unit arguably one of Graham Potter’s best assets, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Duffy move on to pastures new, particularly with the return of Matt Clarke from his player-of-the-season loan spell at Championship side Derby County.

The latest hint ahead of a possible switch to Parkhead was dropped by the Irishman’s brother on Instagram, who posted a photo of himself sat on an aeroplane with the caption ‘LET’S GO’, followed by an image of the Celtic crest.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed he is interested in the Seagulls man, and if Duffy is to leave Brighton after 4 years, he will do so in high regard from almost all Albion supporters.

Brighton boss faces Matt Clarke conundrum

Clarke, who signed for Albion last summer from Portsmouth, spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Championship side Derby County.

The left footed centre back, who is cultured on the ball and dominant in the air, scooped Derby’s player of the season award over the weekend, making it his third such accolade on the spin after picking up the same trophy at Pompey in the previous two campaigns.

Clarke’s consistent form will leave Brighton gaffer Graham Potter needing to weigh up whether the 23-year-old has merited a place in his Premier League squad for next season, or whether he should spend another season on loan.

Undoubtedly, there will be plenty of interest in the defender’s services if a loan move is to be the way forward.

However, Clarke’s solid showing this season in an albeit lacklustre Derby side has arguably earned him the chance to prove himself in the top flight.