Report: Celtic unimpressed with treatment of Liam Scales after Ireland snub

By David Walton

October 14, 2021

Celtic have been left disappointed with the treatment of left-back Liam Scales whilst on Republic of Ireland duty, according to Extra.ie.

Scales was called up to the Republic squad by Stephen Kenny for the second consecutive camp in a big morale boost for him. However, he wasn’t given a single minute of action and didn’t even make either match-day squad.

ROI boss Kenny stated yesterday that the player was “just emerging” and that his goal will be to gain more first-team football at Celtic [Irish Mirror]. But it came not long after Ange Postecoglou said that the player wasn’t quite ready to be considered for first-team selection as of yet [Glasgow Times].

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Scales went on a 6,000+ mile-round trip to Azerbaijan yet wasn’t included in the squad for their World Cup qualifier. It was the same story when the Irish faced Qatar only two days ago.

And Extra believe that Celtic have been left extremely unimpressed with the situation. Particularly considering the player could’ve put more important work in at Lennoxtown over the last two weeks.

Scales has only made 1 appearance for the Hoops – a cameo against Raith Rovers several weeks ago.

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Celtic right to be frustrated with Liam Scales situation

We’ve been battering this line of thinking since Scales was snubbed against Qatar the other night. Yes, international experience at senior level is brilliant, even if you haven’t had the chance to play. But was it really necessary for Scales this time around?

Surely, considering his squad position at Parkhead, it would’ve made more sense for him to stay in Glasgow? He’s still getting used to things in Scotland after his summer arrival from Shamrock Rovers. 2 more weeks at Lennoxtown could’ve given him a big boost.

Instead, he was out globetrotting with the ROI squad whilst only being considered an afterthought by Kenny. It’s fine to say that Scales is just emerging, but why call him up in the first place then?

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It’s a slap in the face for Celtic. Postecoglou spoke before the international break about how getting 10 days of work into Giorgos Giakoumakis was going to be invaluable [Scottish Sun]. It would’ve been the exact same for Scales, who’s still to reach the levels Postecoglou wants.

Back in the September camp, Scales was part of the matchday squad against Serbia for a World Cup qualifier. At the very least he was in and about the actual competitive matches. That wasn’t the case this time around, and he wasn’t even deemed ready to play in a friendly either.

If Celtic truly are annoyed, they have every right to be. What a waste of time.

In other news, Liam Burt addresses why he didn’t make the grade at Celtic

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