Ange explains why Celtic's Liam Scales hasn't been making matchday squads
Ange Postecoglou has stated that Celtic defender Liam Scales hasn’t been making matchday squads due to squad balance.
Scales was one of Ange’s summer signings when he arrived from Shamrock Rovers back in August.
It took several months for Liam to get some opportunities too. However, when Greg Taylor was out injured over the festive period, Scales featured in 5 league matches as he impressed supporters.
However, he hasn’t been seen in a matchday squad since February’s Europa League loss against Bodo/Glimt in Norway. And Ange has stated via the Daily Record that this is simply down to squad balance.
“Liam is fine, he’s training well. But sometimes in terms of team balance, he hasn’t made the bench. But he’s available and training well.
“There are still a few areas we need to look at. We’re still rebuilding the squad and I want us to be stronger next year in terms of quality in the squad. We’re in a better place than we were 12 months ago but we still have to strengthen and that’s what we’ll do.”
Liam Scales simply isn’t favoured by the Celtic boss
The brutal truth is that Scales simply isn’t a player Ange fancies as first-team quality at the moment. You get the sense that he would rather feature Josip Juranovic at left-back than give Liam another run.
However, it could be the case that Scales is given a matchday squad appearance this afternoon in Dingwall. With Juranovic sidelined and no other left-back options available, it would be sensible to give him a return. If anything happens to Greg Taylor, Scales would still be a dependable option to step in.
Whether he’ll ever actually be a first-team regular is debatable. Ange’s message on improving the quality of the squad is an interesting one. Especially considering it’s an immediate reaction to discussing Scales’ situation.
But all he can do at the moment is continue to work away at Lennoxtown and hope the manager puts some trust in him in the coming weeks. That’s the reality of where Scales is at just now.
If we do improve in the left-back position in the summer, it will open up a fresh debate on what we should do with the Irishman. Whether a loan move would maybe be on the cards or not is an interesting question to be had.
But for now, Ange has confirmed he’s fit and available if necessary. Opportunities for minutes don’t look like they’ll be arriving anytime soon.