Report: Celtic-bound Liam Scales in contention for first Republic of Ireland call-up
Celtic-bound Liam Scales is in contention for a maiden call=up to the Republic of Ireland squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers, according to the Irish Examiner.
Scales has been in fine form for Shamrock Rovers, with the defender said to be closing in on a move to Parkhead in the coming days. The deal is said to be worth £500k [The Scotsman].
The Irishman has 50 Shamrock appearances to his name. However, his form in the League of Ireland could lead to a first call for September’s matches against Portugal, Azerbaijan, and Serbia respectively [Irish Examiner].
Scales can play at both left-back and centre-back. However, this season, he’s been operating solely on the left for Rovers.
The defender played under Ireland manager Kenny for the under-21s. The Examiner states that the player is likely to be included to battle for the left-back spot. First-choice Enda Stevens has been ruled out through injury.
Liam Scales could be in for a massive week with both Ireland and Celtic
Scales is clearly seeing the rewards of his fine form at club level. Not only is he set to join Celtic in the coming days, but his performances are getting recognised at international level too.
It’s also not as if Ireland only have a flurry of friendlies coming up. It’s not an opportunity for Kenny to see how some different players handle bounce games. These are massive matches that Scales is being considered for inclusion in. That says a lot about how well the left-back is performing on his home soil.
There are, of course, major question marks over whether he can handle the step-up to Celtic. It’s clear he’s outgrown the League of Ireland. However, the magnitude of the leap to Celtic Park cannot be underestimated.
Being involved with Ireland would give Celtic fans a better understanding of what level he’s performing at. Scales clearly has talent, but it’s whether he has enough to make an impact in Glasgow.
As of yet, the deal has yet to be finalised. Scales remains a Shamrock Rovers player, and Celtic only have another eight days to sort everything out.
But there’s no denying the player’s career is set to reach new heights. All eyes are on whether he can adapt to the step-up.