SHANE DUFFY remains in Celtic’s plans according to assistant manager John Kennedy, and he will return to the squad after the Hibernian game tomorrow night.

Duffy was granted leave to return to the UK from the club’s mid-season break in Dubai to deal with personal issues, and will subsequently have to remain away from the rest of the group until a second round of Covid-19 testing has been completed.

But he will then come back into Neil Lennon’s thinking, despite speculation around the defender’s loan spell from Brighton being cut short this month.

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

“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.

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