After signing for Celtic this week, Shane Duffy declared that he has fulfilled his boyhood dream and his sole intention is to bring more success to the club.
I have to say I thought Duffy was very shrewd and measured at his first press conference, with no reckless statements or promises - that's a sign of an experienced player. He fully understands he's going into a dressing room that is littered with medals, and his aim is to add something to the team as they push for the historic 10-in-a-row.
Growing up as a Celtic fan immediately gives him that attachment to the supporters, and they know deep down he's one of their own. However, that alone isn't enough to be a success at a club the size of Celtic. Duffy will be judged simply by his performances on the pitch and not because of his past, but he will be well aware of that.
Having such affection for a club can bring its own challenges, pressures and expectations for a player, and not just from fans but family and friends too. There can be a tendency sometimes to try too hard and want to show everyone how much the club means to them.
The key is getting the balance right, containing your emotions and showing why the club invested good money to get you in the first place.
Neil Lennon has been searching for a centre-half to complement Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Julien. Both of them have good pace and are good in possession but at times can be intimidated physically, as was shown earlier in the season at Kilmarnock by Nicke Kabamba.
Duffy will thrive on the physical battle and he'll get just that in the Scottish Premiership, but he will also bring a real presence in both boxes. With his wealth of experience, Lennon will hope he can drive those players around him and be a leader on the pitch.
What his signing also does is give Lennon the flexibility to play the back three that was so successful in the second half of last season.
With Odsonne Edouard now fit and available, a strike partner beside him and Duffy at the back, this could be the tactical change Celtic need to take their performance level up to what everyone knows they're capable of.
Duffy may also have to adapt his game slightly due to the dominating nature of Celtic's play domestically. He will have to spend more time on the ball and at times will be asked to defend man for man, but he's shown he has the capabilities to do that.
Lennon has eventually been backed by the board, although some say it was too late because they were surprisingly knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by Ferencvaros.
There is now healthy competition within the Celtic squad and the signing of Duffy has a lot of fans thinking he's the final piece of the 10-in-a-row jigsaw.
Time will tell, but Celtic are getting a committed and driven player who will give everything to be a success at his club.
Let the battle commence.
Steven Davis will remember last Monday night for a long time as he equalled the great Pat Jennings as the most-capped player in Northern Ireland's history on 119.
Putting the 5-1 defeat by Norway aside, Davis is a living legend and one of the greatest players ever to pull on the jersey of 'Our Wee Country'. He's in esteemed company as we have had some brilliant players but he's right up there with all of them.
I had the pleasure of winning the majority of my 54 caps with Steven in the team and I have to say, hands down, he was the best I played with.
He's certainly not ready for retirement just yet, but what I would say to Northern Ireland fans is enjoy our captain and our leader because it could be a while before we see such a player again.
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