Brendan Rodgers was effusive in his praise for Liam Scales, stating he was “outstanding” during Celtic’s disappointing loss to Feyenoord. The Irish defender was a rock at the back in his first-ever UEFA Champions League match.

His performance was a silver lining on a night when individual errors proved costly for Celtic. Lagerbielke, Scales’ partner in central defence, received a second yellow card and conceded a penalty after an avoidable collision with Igor Paixao on the night. Shortly after, Odin Thiago Holm was sent off for a rash tackle in midfield.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group E – Feyenoord v Celtic – Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands – September 19, 2023
Feyenoord’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh shakes hands with Celtic’s Liam Scales after the match REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

In his post-match press conference, Rodgers told CelticTV, “Obviously [they were] bitterly disappointed afterward. It’s their first experience of games at this level. But that’s a big learning for them. I thought Gustaf had done well up until that point. I thought Liam Scales was outstanding on the night, and Gustaf up until that point had been coping well. So both of them will be bitterly disappointed but they will learn from it.”

Scales’ form has been on an upward trajectory, beginning with his stellar showing in the derby victory at Ibrox. While Lagerbielke is still finding his footing, Scales has displayed a level of confidence that has been reassuring for Celtic’s backline. The commendation from Rodgers is not only justified but also indicative of Scales’ growing importance to the team.

Celtic needed Liam to step up after a swathe of injury call-offs and so far, he’s answered the call.


  1. Yes he is Rodgers and his backroom staff taje credit for him a just want them to do same with Taylor and make him believe he is good enough to play for Celtic his passing can look erratic but he is trying to put the ball into a packed defence in most spl games get him to forget the pass not going to its intended target he aint the only one he has a great engine fast just needs believe our team are getting used to diferent way of playing confudence is comig first half in europe they look brave believe was growing a cruel bounce and two sending offs but up till then i thought we silenced the home support all we needed was a goal and our forward line need a bit of luck i can see some team taken a beaten its hard to build momentum in spl park the bus teams artificail surface time waisting from kick of all to distrub it maybe a change in points non scoring draw no points scorig draw 1 point and for win three it will stop this parking the bus they call it well organised uts parking the bus and fans hate it


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