Celtic sent Liam Scales to Aberdeen on loan after it became apparent that boss Ange Postecoglou doesn’t fancy the player.
After the Dons couldn’t secure him on a permanent basis initially, manager Jim Goodwin will look to keep him at the club after his loan expires next summer.
There is no clause inserted into the loan contract that gives Aberdeen any advantage on bringing the Irishman to the club permanently, but the Dons will still enter negotiations in January if Liam impresses during his first six months.
Jim Goodwin told The Sun;
“I’m a big fan of the loan market as it gives you the opportunity to sign players that you would maybe not normally be able to afford.
“The size of club we are we want to be signing players on permanent contracts. That conversation was had with Celtic initially.
“We wanted to know what the number was and could we make it happen. Celtic are not willing to sell Liam at this moment.
“That’s fair enough because he is their player, and he is on a long-term contract until 2025.
“Certainly we will enter into those discussions in January if Liam has the kind of success we expect him to have here.”
New Role for the Loan Bhoy
Goodwin has stated that he sees Liam Scales as a left-sided centre-half, not a full-back. It will see the 23-year-old adapt to a new position that he hasn’t played for Celtic.
If Scales blossoms while on loan, Ange Postecoglou may be keen for the player to return and provide cover at Celtic. It’s doubtful he’ll break into the current set-up.