Celtic defender Liam Scales left out of ROI squad despite 6,000+ mile round-trip

By David Walton

October 10, 2021

Celtic defender Liam Scales was again left out of the Republic of Ireland squad in Azerbaijan despite a second consecutive call-up.

Scales was given his first ever call to the senior squad last month after making the move to Celtic Park and managed to make the bench against Serbia for a World Cup qualifier.

However, the Celtic man took an over 6,400-mile round-trip from Dublin to Baku for yesterday’s game against Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, he went only to miss out on the matchday squad entirely.

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The ROI managed to secure a 3-0 win. Meaning of course that manager Stephen Kenny won’t be regretting any of his decisions on the night.

It’s the second time Scales has been called up to the senior squad only to miss out on matchday action. The first being days after his debut call-up last month, when he was left out of the home game against Azerbaijan.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou recently stated that Scales wasn’t quite ready to make an impact at Parkhead yet [Scottish Sun]. His only appearance so far being a cameo vs Raith Rovers last month.

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It’s hugely disappointing that Scales wasn’t involved whatsoever in Azerbaijan. Yes, just being involved with the senior ROI squad is big for him. But was it honestly more beneficial for him to make such a lengthy trip to Azerbaijan as opposed to staying at Lennoxtown?

If this is a player who isn’t up to speed quite yet, surely staying in Scotland would’ve been the better result for him. Of course, if Ireland call then he has to head off, but it’s disappointing Kenny saw no use for him despite taking him on the trip.

You can only imagine Scales will be used for Tuesday’s friendly against Qatar. It would certainly make it worthwhile for him if he was handed his debut. With it being a friendly also, it’s worth Kenny throwing him into the mix.

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Not that Celtic supporters will care too much. We’re still awaiting him making an impact in Glasgow. Of course, that’s only going to happen if he’s given the opportunity to show what he’s got.

Not featuring for Ireland in Azerbaijan was expected. Leaving him out of the entire squad, however, was the major disappointment. It would’ve been ideal if Ange Postecoglou instead had the chance to work closely with him over the break.

Fingers crossed we get a sight of him on Tuesday night then. We could certainly do with a clearer look at what we’ve just bought from Shamrock Rovers.

In other news, Nir Bitton leaves Celtic fans impressed after another fine display for Israel in Scotland

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