Rangers fans have raised an eyebrow over the involvement of Celtic defender Shane Duffy in the club’s 1-1 draw with Hibs – and they aren’t the only ones.

Irish international Duffy played the full 90 minutes against Hibs at Celtic Park despite the fact Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy had previously claimed the player would be ineligible.

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A dejected Duffy handed Hibs their equaliser when his poor clearance fell to Kevin Nisbet. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This came after Duffy had broken the Celtic Park bubble to leave the club’s disastrous Dubai training camp to travel back to Europe for family reasons.

“Shane had a couple of personal things that he had to leave Dubai for, so we sent him back on that basis,” said Kennedy [Glasgow Times].

“Following protocols, he’ll miss the weekend’s game because he’s left the bubble.

“He’s been through one round of tests, he’ll go through a second round before then returning to the bubble, which is normal protocol. Nothing unusual.

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“From then on Shane will be in our thoughts in terms of games, but we just had to give him some time to sort some things out.”

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd would then raise the eyebrows further as he took out his mobile phone live on Sky Sports’ coverage of the match and read out Kennedy’s quotes.

Celtic manager for the day, Gavin Strachan, would claim that Duffy was available to play because he returned a negative test.

“He comes back in on the back of a negative test,” said Strachan [Glasgow Times].

“He’s back and ready to go.”

That’s not enough for a lot of Rangers fans who both raised the question over Duffy’s involvement and who praised Boyd for calling out a lack of clarity from the Parkhead club:


Duffy, 28, would eventually play an influential role in Celtic conceding a late equaliser to the Easter Road side as his weak clearance found Nisbet who lashed home for Hibs.

Rangers fans have had plenty to say about the circumstances surrounding Celtic’s draw with Hibs and also railed against the decision not to retest Celtic players pre-match.

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