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Duffy on trial at Celtic

DERRY City boss Peter Hutton feels that highly-rated striker Michael Duffy, who was on trial at Celtic last week, would benefit from staying in the League of Ireland for one more season.

The Northern Ireland U21 cap impressed for Derry last season and did enough to earn a trial with the Bhoys, but so far no offer has been made and Hutton would like to see Duffy at the Brandywell in 2015.

"While he's a talent, I feel another year or so at Derry City would do him no harm as he continues to develop," says Hutton, who will be operating off a reduced budget next season.

"But if Michael was fortunate enough to get a offer to join a top club in either Scotland or England, then we certainly would not stand in his way.

"From a totally selfish point of view, we would be very disappointed to see him move at this moment in time as he still has quite a lot to learn.

"He's just turned 20 this year and while I personally feel he's not ready for a move just yet, stranger things have happened in this game. He has taken full advantage of a great opportunity - an opportunity that very few players receive - and if nothing comes from it, the experience has given him a superb opportunity to see how far he must go if he wishes to further his career in top class football in Scotland or England.

"He's a very talented young man with huge potential," added Hutton. Derry star Barry McNamee is also a target for cross-channel clubs.


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