New Celtic signing Liam Scales' most effective position clarified

By David Walton

September 9, 2021

New Celtic signing Liam Scales’ most effective position is at left-back according to one of his former managers.

Celtic managed to secure the Shamrock Rovers talent last week in an interesting move. The Republic of Ireland man has played in the League of Ireland throughout his entire career. The move to Celtic, then, is one monumental step-up for the player.

Interestingly, Scales can operate as both a left-back and centre-back too. So far this season, he’s been playing as the former. However, he has extensive experience of being played centrally at both Shamrock and University College Dublin, where he played at the heart of the defence over 80 times [Transfermarkt].

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However, his favoured position has been clarified by his former manager at UCD. Corrie O’Neill has been highlighting the player’s attacking attributes, and feels he’s grown into being a left-back more than he suits any other position.

As quoted by the Daily Record, O’Neill said: “Liam likes to get forward. It’s not often you have guys on the wing who are tall and attacking, but when he gets going into his stride, he’s quick and strong. He can just whip past people.

“So, for me, left back would be his best position. Attacking strength is the one thing he’s very good at.

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“Even at Shamrock Rovers when he was playing left wing-back, he’s a clever footballer who knows what’s going on around him. Liam can adapt to whatever system he’s deployed in.”

Celtic signing Liam Scales has tasty battle with Greg Taylor coming up

Celtic fans will probably be glad to hear that Scales is a left-back first and foremost. We’re certainly lacking quality in that area, and the Irishman will have to prove he can be our long-term answer.

He’ll be up against Greg Taylor for a spot in the side. Even this early, that’s looking like a tasty battle as we await to see who Ange Postecoglou favours.

There will be undoubted question marks that hover over Scales simply because of where he’s come from. Celtic fans will have plenty of reservations about his ability to deal with such a major step-up in quality. The difference between League of Ireland and Celtic isn’t even comparable.

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So to say there’s intrigue around what Scales will bring to the table is hardly unfair.

Celtic now have a total of five different options they can use at left-back if necessary. Scales joins Taylor, Adam Montgomery, Boli Bongoli, and Josip Juranovic in being capable in the position.

It’s great to see such strong depth. Now, all eyes will be on where Scales fits into that list.

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