Shane Ferguson’s delight as Celtic and Rangers snare Derry stars

Michael Duffy.' Photo Lorcan Doherty /
Michael Duffy.' Photo Lorcan Doherty /

Derry City’s young star, Michael Duffy has joined Celtic on a four-and-a-half year deal, the Journal can reveal.

And Shane Ferguson, from Eglinton, who made a loan switch from Newcastle United to the other Old Firm side, Rangers has tweeted about his delight.

He tweeted: “Happy to have signed on loan with @RangersFC until the end of season looking forward to the experience.”

20-years-old versatile Derry City winger Duffy has penned a lengthy contract after impressing during two trials with “The Bhoys.”

While the official fee has not been confirmed by either club, it’s understood that Derry City will receive just over £100,000 for the Northern Ireland Under-21 international.

Derry City chairman, Mr. Philip O’Doherty, is also understood to have negotiated several contractual “add-ons” including a sell-on percentage plus payments for first team appearances.

Meanwhile, another former Derry City player has been told by his club that he will not be joing Duffy at Celtic Park,

James McClean was at one stage had been linked with a move to Hull City, but was then understood to be the subject of a possible “loan deal” with the Scottish Premier Division champions.

However, Wigan do not want to lose the in-form Republic of Ireland international.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson is one of five players joining Rangers on loan from Newcastle Utd, as Newcastle owner Mike Ashley steps up his interest in the Glasgow club.