Celtic fans mightily impressed by Liam Scales debut
Celtic supporters finally got to see Liam Scales make his debut at Paradise last night.
With half an hour left against Raith Rovers, Scales came on at left-back and immediately impressed. On the 64th minute, he started an attack with an incisive interception and pass, while looking confident on the ball and tactically aware.
The Irishman, called up by Stephen Kenny in the last round of fixtures, has left supporters wanting more. Formerly of Shamrock Rovers, much was wondered of the defender when he made his move to Glasgow.
Comfortable at left-back, Scales can also play in central defence, or further up the pitch. But in his more familiar role last night, his passing, reading of the game and self-assuredness were all clear to see.
Bigger challenges await Scales, of course, but his classy debut means that the Bhoys have four legitimate left-back options.
With Taylor injured, any of Bolingoli, Montgomery or Scales can be utilised in a key area for Celtic.
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Certainly, Celtic are far better-stocked in defence more generally now than when Postecoglou started. Having to rely on Academy talents early into his tenure, the Greek-Aussie boss has his pick of players across the back-line.
It’s extremely encouraging. And the rotational options at Postecoglou’s disposal mean that he can keep his team fresh across a gruelling season.
Scales’ performance won the plaudits of the Derry Pele himself, Paddy McCourt:
And while not too much can be made of a half-hour outing in a game that was won, it says a lot that fans were left hugely encouraged by the left-back’s ability to drive forward, create space and cut out attacks.
Celtic supporters enthused with impressive Liam Scales debut
Celtic supporters were quick to have their say about Liam Scales after an encouraging start to life in the Hoops.
Some were even campaigning for him to start against Dundee United at the weekend, despite the excellent performance of Adam Montgomery.
Clearly, the Irishman already has some big fans:
Thoroughly enjoyed his confidence, a natural leader, which is urgently needed— TTOFDWTN (@TJTToTaL) September 23, 2021
Hope after last night he gets plenty of game time now… bhoy looks a class player🤩🍀🍀— martyn lindsay (@lindsay_martyn) September 24, 2021
Good player. Seen him play for Ireland U21's against Italy 2 years ago, he was a real stand out in that match. Positive and assured that night too.— Jay McCourt (@jack_inn) September 23, 2021
Think we could have a star in the making here.I'm impressed.— ROBERT DOWNEY (@bobodowney) September 24, 2021
Looked the part paddy 👍— kokimizunocsc (@blootertagain) September 23, 2021
Looks well balanced………I'll get my coat.— Denis Henderson (@DenisHenderson1) September 23, 2021
Start him at left back from now on. Gives us a bit of height too. Looks decent 🍀🍀— Mark 🏴 🇯🇵 (@MG18791988) September 23, 2021
Very good debut, very impressive passing ability,well done Liam!— Danny O'Hara (@DannyOHara16) September 23, 2021
Make him a regular 🍀— celtic jaime (official account) (@jaimelawson08) September 23, 2021
Very composed for a debut. This lad has a big future— James Murray (@RubyMu42) September 23, 2021
Impressive debut 👏🏽👏🏽— James Robertson (@ROBBOBHOY81) September 23, 2021