Liam Scales ready for quick-fire Celtic debut ahead of crucial schedule

By Euan Davidson

September 9, 2021

New Bhoy Liam Scales is embracing the hectic schedule Celtic have ahead of them.

The former Shamrock Rovers defender, who can play at left-back, central defence or on the left of midfield, was unveiled to both traditional and fan media today.

Brought in by Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou late in the transfer window, Scales had been a target for the club all summer. Now, with a gruelling list of fixtures to negotiate, Scales is optimistic. Both about handling the step up, and his chances of featuring heavily for Postecoglou’s side.

Scales said [RTÉ]:

“I’m going to work as hard as I can in training and try my best to break into the team. As a player, you want to get in as soon as you can. But if the manager thinks that I need time to get up to speed, that’s fair enough.

“But I’m young and eager. And I’ve always been the sort of player who wants to get thrown in at the deep end to see how I fare.

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“It could work either way because it is up a level from where I’ve come from. But I do feel like I have what it takes. I know that the pressure is on straight away at a club like Celtic.

“There isn’t much time to be easing yourself in slowly. I’m well aware what’s required and I’m looking forward to giving it a shot. We’ve got a busy month coming up and it’s a great feeling to be able to look forward to games.”

Liam Scales sound ready to get into the thick of it with Celtic

The first priority will be having Liam Scales and Ange Postecoglou on the same wavelength. The two have only had brief discussions since Scales signed for Celtic.

That was for a positive reason, though. Almost instantly after the ink dried on his Bhoys contract, Scales was called up for Ireland duty by Stephen Kenny.

Adaptable, confident and hard-working, Scales should have little issue fitting into Postecoglou’s Celtic. With what he’s said, the Hoops boss will be in no doubt that his new defender is absolutely champing at the bit.

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However, there’s less pressure on the Celtic manager to throw players in at the deep end. With a fuller, arguably higher-quality squad at his disposal, he has options. Carl Starfelt, Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada were, if you like, thrown in for European qualifiers.

That doesn’t really need to happen again.

Despite the busy schedule, there’s still space to ease signings in to life at Paradise. Before the real pressure is on, at least. However, given his positional versatility, and being an Ireland international, fans will be impatient to see just what he can do for us.

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