Celtic signing Liam Scales tipped to win over 50 caps for Republic of Ireland

By Euan Davidson

September 28, 2021

Celtic defender Liam Scales is being tipped for a 50-cap future his one of his former youth coaches, Graham Gartland.

Gartland, who worked at Shamrock Rovers as well as being Neil McCann’s assistant manager at Dundee, has total faith in the left-sided defender.

Celtic fans, including former player Paddy McCourt, were left enthused by his cameo display against Raith Rovers. However, with Celtic rotating their options at left-back, the ex-Shamrock defender has found chances hard to come by.

Still, Gartland – who played for St Johnstone and Dundee United – believes Scales has a huge future ahead.

Said Gartland of Celtic defender Scales [RTÉ]:

“I think he can go places. He’s a good height, he’s athletically very good, he doesn’t get done for pace too much, he’s quick without being lightning. He’s aggressive. He’s only going to get better the more experience he gets and the more he gains from playing against and with better players.

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“I think he’ll go on to be a full international and probably collect up to 50 caps over the next ten years hopefully.

“Left-sided centre-backs, there’s something about them that they stand out because they give a really good balance to your team. Who do Ireland have at left-sided centre-back?

“They’ve Duffy, they’ve Egan. Who else would you say can go and play there? I think he has a chance to be a consistent member of the Ireland squad over the next ten years.”

Liam Scales has a part to play for Celtic and Ireland this season

Having impressed for Shamrock Rovers and UCD, Scales has been tipped for big things for quite a while.

Previously, he trialled at Manchester City, and also held interest from Bristol Rovers. However, he’s bided his time and got a great move to Celtic. Eventually, he’ll get his opportunities in the first team.

Mobile, tough in the tackle and unerringly progressive in possession, Scales looks a smart pick-up. With Adam Montgomery making strides though, the Irishman could be used in central defence.

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Or, he’ll rotate with Montgomery until Greg Taylor comes back.

Where once we had little option besides Taylor, we now have 4 fit and capable left-backs. Boli Bolingoli’s surprise start against Livingston puts another iron in the fire.

But Gartland believes that if Scales gets opportunities, he can be a big player not just for Celtic, but for Ireland.

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