Liam Scales speaks after Celtic loan exit; has 2 big ambitions

By David Walton

June 21, 2022

Liam Scales has stated that he wants a season of regular minutes as well as silverware after leaving Celtic for Aberdeen in a season-long loan move.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international had his move to the Granite City confirmed this afternoon. There was no mention on Aberdeen’s official website of the move having an option-to-buy clause in the deal.

Scales arrived at Celtic Park last summer but would only go on to feature 13 times under Ange Postecoglou. He regularly played back-up to Greg Taylor, featuring in only 4 games in 2022 [Transfermarkt].

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And as he gave his first interview with his new club, Scales has explained why he moved to Pittodrie as well as what he’s looking to achieve this season: “My preferred position is the left side centre-half and I can play left back I can. If the system changes, I can play in a three on the left or as a wing-back as well. I suppose I’m quite versatile, but I do see myself as a left sided centre-half.

“Everywhere I’ve been, all the clubs have tried to play good football. I’ve learned from playing in systems where the manager gives us the freedom to go and play out from the back. It’s a strong part of my game, keeping the ball on the ground, playing out from the back and trying to play through the thirds. The manager has said that’s the way we want to play this year and that attracted me to the club.

“I just want to come and play games and to have a full season of playing as well as I can. I’d love to win something here too. Silverware is the aim every year, that’s what you’re geared up for, to try and win something. The manager is building the squad here and he’s ambitious to win something at Aberdeen.”

Liam Scales ready to announce himself at Aberdeen

This always looked like being the ideal outcome for all parties involved. From a Celtic perspective, we’re allowing one of our talented back-up players to head out and develop further. The move will allow us to potentially strengthen the position with another recruit whilst ensuring Scales doesn’t regress.

For the player, he’ll be looking at this opportunity as a chance to announce himself in Scottish football. There were a couple of highlights for him last season such as his goals against Dundee United and Raith Rovers respectively. However, he never got a consistent run in the first-team to showcase what he’s got in his locker.

It is a touch interesting that he’s going to be taking up a left-sided centre-half role at Pittodrie primarily. Celtic fans have often seen Scales operate as a left-back even if he has the skill to play in both.

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Heading to Aberdeen will see him come up against the same level of opposition he would domestically at Celtic Park. Imagine, for example, what big performances against the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Liam Boyce, and Kevin Nisbet would do for his reputation up here.

Certainly a lot more than if he stayed at Celtic Park and barely got any minutes over the course of the 2022/23 season. It’s a great move for everyone and it’s no surprise he looks delighted to be getting his big opportunity.

This is anything but the end of his Celtic career. Truth be told, it could be the start of it.

In other news, Celtic could sign 3 more players before pre-season begins