Michael Duffy is set to return to Alloa on loan from Celtic for the remainder of the current campaign.

The Derry youngster has spent all season at Recreation Park, but with Alloa rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Championship, new manager Jack Ross is eager to retain Duffy, who has earned rave reviews for his performances.

Although his ultimate aim remains to break into the Celtic first team, his loan spell at the Scottish Championship club, whilst challenging, has been hugely beneficial for the Derry youngster.

It has been a real learning curve for Duffy, due to Alloa’s struggles but after winning several ‘Man of the Match’ awards in recent weeks, Duffy is at least getting the benefit of playing time, and he is eager to continue that in 2016.

The Scottish Championship may not be the most glamourous of divisions in world football, but Duffy is happy with the standard there, telling the Derry News recently that every game is a challenge.

“It’s a hard league,” he said. “Most of the players in the league have good experience so it’s a decent standard and I’ve enjoyed it. It was good to play against Rangers, especially at Ibrox in front of a full stadium. They are hard games but it is just good to be there playing.

“It has been hard at times, especially losing every week which is not a good feeling. But the bigger picture is that I’m out on loan and I am getting game time so if you look at it like that, it’s good. My aim is still to break into the Celtic first team.”

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