Date: 22nd July 2016 at 10:15am
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Well, not at this point in time anyway with Owen Coyle dismissing reports the Scottish Champions had submitted and offer for Shane Duffy.

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies had admitted they had ‘a big enough squad’ with only players that ‘can improve the team’ likely to arrive, which they would should they be the ‘right person and the right deal’ with some taking that to mean Duffy was one of those of interest and being referred to.

Perhaps he is? But Coyle has denied any official approach has been made to Blackburn from Celtic for our Republic of Ireland international and former Everton defender Duffy.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph.

‘In regards to Shane, there`s been no concrete offers from Celtic, in terms of a written offer, so that`s the only thing I can class as interest. If there`s other people speculating, then I can`t really comment on that. I only deal in the facts and the fact is there`s been no concrete offer from Glasgow Celtic for Shane Duffy.’

Having lost Grant Hanley to Newcastle Coyle’s keen not to lose Duffy as well, the boss always stressed it would be ‘one or the other’ and not both moving on this summer.

A replacement for Hanley is needed with Ipswich defender Tommy Smith being linked with a move to Blackburn, Coyle added as much as he’s keen to add in this area no official approaches from Rovers to other clubs have been made either at this point.

‘We will be linked with centre-backs and I think it`s fair to say we have been looking to strengthen areas of the pitch. But I can say that we don`t have an actual firm offer in for anybody. We`ve spoke to different people in different areas, still looking to strengthen the squad where we can. But there`s nothing in terms of I`ve put a written offer in as we speak for any players.’

Do you think Duffy will follow Hanley out of Ewood Park?

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