Liam Scales opens up on his "special" Celtic Park moment yesterday

By David Walton

February 14, 2022

Liam Scales has opened up on his big Celtic Park moment yesterday after netting his first home goal for the club.

Scales netted for the first time as a Celtic player back in December with a fine strike at Dundee United to secure a 3-0 win. However, since then it’s been a constant battle to get regular minutes on the pitch.

Ange Postecoglou used yesterday’s Scottish Cup clash with Raith Rovers to make some changes, with Scales coming in for Greg Taylor. It would prove to be an inspired one as Scales broke the deadlock with a rasper of a left-footed drive from around 25 yards out that hammered in via the post.

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And former Shamrock Rovers defender Scales was clearly left buzzing after netting his first-ever goal at Paradise.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Scales said: “It’s up there with my top two or three [goals] but the fact it’s my first at Celtic Park makes it special.

“The role is different to what most left-backs do. I think it allows you to get into more advanced positions than usual left or right backs would. It’s something different and I really enjoy it. The manager wants his full-backs to show in pockets on the inside because it gives the opposition something to think about.

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“I’ve had to learn it as I’ve never played in that system before here, but we do a lot of work on it. You can see as the season has gone on, all the fullbacks have taken to it. Sometimes you end up in positions attacking midfielders turn up and I got the chance to shoot out there. I sometimes do it in training but not all the time – that was good!”

Liam Scales making a solid impact at Celtic

When Scales was signed, many questioned whether he would have the ability to make the step up. Moving from the League of Ireland to Celtic was always going to pose its challenges. But even so, there were many quick to dismiss him.

However, even though he may not be the first-choice left-back at the moment, the Irishman has never disappointed when he’s sat in for Taylor. Far from it. Infact he was one of the only players that looked capable of impressing in the first-half against Raith yesterday.

His goal aside, Scales was a constant menace for Raith down the left flank. Even more impressive considering how poor Mikey Johnston was before his injury knock.

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At only 23, there’s so much more development left within the player too. Scales is going to prove to be a useful figure to have around the place. And long-term, there’s no reason why he can’t eye being Celtic’s number 1 left-back.

He was one of the few who provided a reminder of some of the depth available in the win over Raith. His goal only added some gloss to what was a decent individual display.

Hopefully, we continue to see a bit more of Liam between now and the summer.

In other news, Watch: Class clip of Reo Hatate congratulating Celtic teammate Chris Jullien emerges