Loanee discusses struggles on Celtic sidelines

By Dave Flanigan

August 27, 2022

Celtic’s loanee defender Liam Scales has detailed the struggles he had with his limited game-time in Paradise last season.

The 24 year old Irishman joined from Shamrock Rovers last summer but played very few games in Ange Postecoglou’s side’s title charge, joining Aberdeen on a season-long loan this transfer window, where he’s made a good start to his career at Pittodrie.

As reported by The Herald, Scales said: “I feel confident at the moment. At the end of last season I was probably low because I hadn’t played that much. I came from Shamrock Rovers where I was playing every week and I probably needed the first couple of months at Celtic to get up to speed with the different levels.

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“I had a couple of months where I was in and out, in for certain games and probably played ten times between November and January. I thought I did OK and then in the second half of the season wasn’t as good, it was tough not being involved.

“And when all the lads are at the stadium preparing for a game but you’re at the training ground doing a session with the fitness coach it’s mentally tough. But it happens at every club in the country and it’s part of the game. I am glad to be out of it now and in a different cycle where I am playing every weekend.”

Despite his positive start in the Granite City, Scales insists that he’s not any discussions with either club about his long-term future.

He said: “Have I had any feedback from Celtic? No, I haven’t. I haven’t thought about the long-term, not really. At the end of the day it’s not been put in my hands so it’s not worth thinking about yet.

“I know I’m here for the season and at the moment I’m just taking it week by week, trying to make a good impression on everyone. Until something like that materialises it’s out of my hands so there isn’t much point thinking too deeply about it.”

Despite rave reviews in his homeland prior to his move to Glasgow, Scales played just 13 times in all competitions for Celtic in his debut season, scoring twice in the process.

Although he was kept out of the side by Greg Taylor’s stellar form, even in the ex-Kilmarnock man’s absence it was Josip Juranovic who was given the nod to deputise at left back ahead of the 24 year old.

Few would begrudge Scales a successful time in Aberdeen, even if does mean that he has no future in Paradise – it’s a move that appears to be working for all parties.

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