Damien Duff has been on top form during Euro 2020. His analysis and player knowledge has been top class at times, but his one liners have arguably been even better.
The one about a motivational video earlier this week was hilarious, throwing a subtle dig at the FAI about the controversy surrounding a motivational video shown to the Ireland squad ahead of a friendly against England last year.
Defiant Duffer pic.twitter.com/jNsmqaMZay
— J Fallon (@JFallonExaminer) June 14, 2021
He was at it again before the England-Scotland game this evening.
While Duff would begrudgingly admit that he was happy to see England do well at Euro 96, that was the last time he has cheered them on.
When asked for his prediction ahead of the game, he said he was desperate for a Scotland win. He also found time to throw a dig at two members of the English squad, saying it was difficult to choose who to support because of the Irish representation on both sides.
"A great friend of mine, an absolutely brilliant coach"
Damien Duff highlights former Ireland team-mate Steven Reid's presence on the Scottish coaching staff #EURO2020 #RTESoccer #ENGSCO #SCO
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I'm going to go with who I want to one and not who I think will win.
I have to say, it's a difficult one with three Irish men involved tonight, obviously off the English team there's Declan Rice and Jack Grealish, and we have Steven Reid in the Scotland set-up.
He's a a brilliant coach and I love him to bits.
Reid, who played alongside Duff a number of times at international level, is currently a member of the Scotland backroom team under Steve Clarke.
It's fair to say Duff was letting his heart rule his head when it came to making his prediction.
Damien Duff: “Steven Reid is a Scotland coach, love him to bits, so I’ll go for Scotland.”
Darragh Moloney: “1-0? 2-1?”
Duff: “I’ll take anything”
— John (@corkspur) June 18, 2021
People certainly enjoyed the 42-year old's comments about Rice and Grealish.
So funny to hear Damien Duff say - we’ve two lads playing for England - Rice and Grealish.
— Jack Murray (@mediamurray) June 18, 2021
— Alan Flatley (@alflats11) June 18, 2021
Damien Duff is becoming a legend pundit. 3 Irish men involved in tonight’s games, Rice and Grealish for England and Reid as coach for Scotland.
— Jim Conway (@Grainnewaile) June 18, 2021
Never change Duffer.