Liam Scales discloses brief dialogue with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou

By David Walton

September 9, 2021

New Celtic signing Liam Scales has disclosed what Ange Postecoglou has told him after signing for the club before deadline day.

The former Shamrock Rovers man signed from the League of Ireland with a burgeoning reputation to his name. This comes after flourishing with both University College Dublin before taking his game up a level with Rovers.

His game has developed so much that he’s now comfortable either as a left-back or centre-half. Even the player himself isn’t sure what plans the manager has for his main position.

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However, he did state that the boss has high hopes for him and that he’s confident he can develop the defender as a player.

Speaking to 67HailHail, Scales said: “We haven’t had that much time to talk obviously because coming in, I was here for a couple of days and then it was the international break. It was back and forth and now I’m back in here today.

“He sees potential in me, he’s told me, and he thinks he can improve me as a player. Whether that be as a centre-half or a left-back, I’m not sure. Hopefully both!

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“We’re just looking forward to working with each other I suppose.”

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It’s interesting to note that Scales isn’t sure of his first-choice position with Celtic. You would’ve imagined that Postecoglou would’ve made it pretty aware of where he sees him fitting into the team.

Or perhaps the manager is simply keeping his options open. Perhaps he saw no benefit of pushing Scales in one position when he can operate in another so comfortably.

Looking at the Celtic squad as things stand, it would be worth seeing if he’s an upgrade on what we have at left-back. Yes, we have Greg Taylor and Adam Montgomery, but the Hoops still need better. Whether Scales proves to be that man remains to be seen.

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It’s easy to forget that the Irishman also isn’t a 17 or 18-year-old prospect. Scales is at an age where he’ll be looking to make an immediate impact at Parkhead.

It’s not as if we have anyone running away with the left-back spot either. Taylor may be first-choice on paper, but not because he’s had a stunning campaign so far. Nobody has really managed to make the position their own this summer.

Hopefully Scales can be that man. We could certainly do with an injection of quality in that area of the pitch.

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