"Celtic have been great helping us make that deal happen"; Jim Goodwin has January confidence

By John McGinley

November 18, 2022

Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has confidence that Liam Scales won’t be recalled to Celtic from loan in January and reckons, even if it happened, he’d be given enough time to find a replacement.

Scales has been a regular for the Dons since completing a season-long loan move to Pittodrie in the summer, already making 19 appearances in all competitions, primarily as a centre-back.

However, Celtic do hold the option to bring him back in January should he be needed or the club consider his future best served elsewhere.

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As it stands, that looks unlikely and Goodwin is buoyed by the way the club have done business with Aberdeen, telling The Press & Journal: “Steven Gunn has been in contact with Liverpool about Leighton Clarkson and with Celtic about Liam Scales. At the moment we are confident that both will be part of our plans when the January window closes. However, we do have contingency plans in place just in case something were to happen.

“Obviously if Celtic were to get a load of injuries over the next month or two they might think they need that defensive cover – if something were to happen to some of their centre-backs.

“However, Celtic have been great in terms of helping us make that deal happen. And if they want to take Liam back, which I don’t think they will, as they have enough cover there, I am sure they would give us enough notice to make a change in that particular area.”

Scales’ progress in the north east has also resulted in an international boost for him, having been named in the senior Ireland squad for this week’s match against Norway.

Overall, it looks to have been a very good switch for him personally and if game time is going to be limited at the Bhoys then it makes sense to let him continue at Aberdeen or perhaps even find a permanent home somewhere else.

He’s contracted to the Bhoys until 2025 so he still has time to make an impact at Celtic too if that is his ambition.

In other news, Moi Elyounoussi gets Celtic reminder in Ireland and makes it clear he still loves the club.