Ange Postecoglou will give Liam Scales time to "develop properly" at Celtic
Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that he won’t rush Liam Scales into the spotlight at Celtic despite being 23 years of age.
Scales arrived in Glasgow inexperienced but not particularly a youngster. He’s spent his entire footballing career in the Republic of Ireland before signing from Shamrock Rovers.
The left-back is at an age where he needs to be playing regular first-team football. He’ll hope to get that opportunity at Celtic Park despite the clear competition facing him.
However, Postecoglou typically isn’t giving a moment’s thought to the player’s age. Instead, he’s only looking at his development, something that will see Scales get time to adapt to his new footballing environment.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Postecoglou said: “It was good for Liam to make his debut against Raith. He has come from a different league and has had to get adjusted to training but we were looking for an opportunity to give him some game time.
“When you make your debut you are going to be a little bit nervous so it was great for him to come on against Raith and take his first steps.
“Although he is a bit older in terms of years he is still very inexperienced at this level so we will give him time and develop him properly. We sign players because we see something in them but the next step is for them to grab their opportunity.”
Liam Scales caught the eye for Celtic vs Raith Rovers
Scales made his Hoops debut in the 3-0 win against Raith on Thursday night. You can’t really pick out one particular highlight and attribute it to his performance. Instead, what we saw was a performance of sheer efficiency.
The Irish talent did the basics spot on and consistently looked to run beyond and get to the byline. You can see the player’s quality and determination to make an attacking impact.
Of course, Scales did only manage just under half an hour. We won’t pretend it was some sort of 90-minute breakthrough performance. But you can’t deny it was a big occasion for the former Shamrock talent.
Playing his first game at Celtic Park and the pressure that entails? Especially for someone who knows all about the demands of the club? It’s impressive to see how he coped with the expectation that was put on his shoulders. So much so that many of us are already looking forward to seeing him again.
Postecoglou, however, appears to be playing down any major expectations. He wants Scales to be given the time and freedom to adapt to life at his new surroundings. Quite right too. It’s a monumental step-up for the defender.
But the early signs against Raith were promising. Scales’ only goal on Thursday would’ve been to show up well. That’s one box he certainly ticked.