Ange Postecoglou addresses why Liam Scales didn't play for Celtic today
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has stated that Liam Scales “isn’t quite ready” to feature for the Hoops after missing today’s game against Livingston.
Hoops fans were left surprised as Boli Bolingoli took his spot at left-back. It was the Belgian’s first competitive game under Ange Postecoglou. It was a major head-scratcher considering the defender had been left out of Celtic’s Europa League squad for the group stages.
Scales signed on transfer deadline day from Shamrock Rovers. However, he’s yet to make his debut for the club despite arriving with a promising reputation.
Postecoglou has yet to state when he’ll feel comfortable with throwing Scales into the starting XI. However, as quoted by the Scotsman, he simply stated that the player wasn’t ready to make his bow:
“Boli has been training well and we thought it was a good game to give him a start with Greg [Taylor] going down and Monty [Adam Montgomery] playing 90 minutes the other night [in the 4-3 defeat away to Real Betis]. It was a big ask to ask him to start, and Liam Scales isn’t quite ready yet.”
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It would be interesting to know as to why Scales isn’t particularly ready yet After all, he was playing regularly with Rovers back in his homeland before making the move to Parkhead.
You have to imagine it isn’t anything to do with match-fitness. Not unless he’s picked up an injury out of nowhere. He was on the bench for today’s loss at Livingston, so that likely isn’t the case.
The most likely answer is that Postecoglou wants Scales to settle down first before throwing him into the team. There literally isn’t any other plausible reason for him to be snubbed in favour of a player who is clearly generally unfavoured.
Thursday night against Raith Rovers looks like the perfect opportunity to see what Scales is all about. Even if he was to have a difficult debut, you would still fancy there to be minimal damage done due to the fixture.
Postecoglou has shown a willingness to throw players into the first-team as soon as they prove themselves first-team ready. Look at how quickly the likes of Liel Abada, Carl Starfelt, and Kyogo Furuhashi were given immediate game-time.
Scales will hopefully be the same whenever he’s deemed “ready”. Until then, there remains options available to the manager.
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