Ireland manager explains call-up for Celtic defender Liam Scales

By Euan Davidson

September 3, 2021

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has explained Celtic defender Liam Scales’ call up.

Scales, who is yet to play in the Green and White of Celtic, dazzled in the same colours for Shamrock Rovers. Since moving from UCD, the young defender was linked with moves to Manchester City and Bristol Rovers, with Celtic beating English competition for his signature [Irish Examiner].

Scales looks set to make his first senior international bow against Azerbaijan or Serbia.

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny said of Scales []:

“It’s a terrific opportunity for Liam.

“Liam is a gradual improver. [He’s] someone who played in the Under-21 team when he was still at UCD. He’s gone on to Shamrock Rovers and had gradually improved and got better.

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“[Scales] has a terrific attitude, he’s a very good footballer and athletically he’s improved. His adaptability to play actually in quite a number of positions now with the flexibility. Being left-footed, he’s played left of a back three, played left-back, played as a wing-back, as he has for Shamrock Rovers this season. 

“It’s good to have that flexibility and he’s earned his call-up.”

Named as an injury replacement for Ireland, alongside Callum Robinson, Alan Browne, it’s a huge opportunity for Scales. If he gets on to the pitch for either of Ireland’s next games, it’s a perfect end to a great couple of weeks.

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For Celtic, the timing couldn’t be better.

Undoubtedly, there’ll be annoyance from Shamrock Rovers fans that he’s only getting a call-up now. However, it does seem as if Scales was going to feature for Ireland sooner or later.

From the club’s perspective, they’re going to benefit two-fold. One, Scales’ value will inherently increase as an international player. Secondly, they’ll be getting a confident, proud defender back at training after the break.

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Versatile, hard-working and more than decent on the ball, Scales is a clever acquisition. While some can point to previous signing from Ireland with a degree of cynicism, Scales seems the real deal.

With Cameron Carter-Vickers also providing centre-back depth, it’s a decent situation. Moreover, add in Scales’ abilities to play on the left, and there’s now healthier competition in two positions.

We’re hopeful Scales gets into the Ireland team. For one thing, it might be the first real chance a lot of supporters have to see him in action.

In other news, Ryan Christie has said goodbye to Celtic supporters.