LIAM SCALES joined Celtic this summer from Shamrock Rovers for a fee of about £600,000. The defender made his Celtic debut last Thursday when the defender came on as a substitute against Raith Rovers filling in the left-back role.
Celtic are pretty stocked up in the left-back area at the moment, Juranovic has played on the left side of the defence, as well as Adam Montgomery who is having his breakthrough season. Celtic also have Bolingoli on their books, who started against Livingston. Greg Taylor also plays the position although he is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Despite his lack of game time, his former youth coach Graham Gartland predicts the young Irishman has a bright future and has the potential to be a consistent international player collecting fifty caps.
“I think he can go places. He’s a good height, he’s athletically very good, he doesn’t get done for pace too much, he’s quick without being lightning. He’s aggressive. He’s only going to get better the more experience he gets and the more he gains from playing against and with better players.” Gartland told RTE.
“I think he’ll go on to be a full international and probably collect up to 50 caps over the next ten years hopefully.
“Left-sided centre-backs, there’s something about them that they stand out because they give a really good balance to your team. Who do Ireland have at left-sided centre-back?
“They’ve Duffy, they’ve Egan. Who else would you say can go and play there? I think he has a chance to be a consistent member of the Ireland squad over the next ten years.”
It is a bold prediction but given the appropriate game time, Liam can push himself and force his way into the starting team, which will ultimately award in an international start. Scales was called up for Ireland during the last break but did not feature.