Report: Shamrock Rovers' Liam Scales to sign for Celtic
Shamrock Rovers defender Liam Scales is set to sign for Celtic before the end of the month, the Irish Mirror reports.
The Mirror believes that Celtic have managed to beat Southampton to the signature of Scales. It comes after the Hoops were first linked with a move a fortnight ago.
The report also states that Ange Postecoglou sees the Irishman as one who can come straight into the first-team. It’s said by the Mirror that Celtic will pay €600k [£510k] plus add-ons to get their man.
There’s no sign as of yet as to when the deal will be officially announced. Scales is still set to feature for Shamrock Rovers on Thursday night in their Europa Conference League battle against Flora Tallinn.
However, with the transfer window closing in just over two weeks, Celtic need to get their business done ASAP.
Scales will join Carl Starfelt as Celtic’s two new defensive recruits this summer should he complete the move.
Liam Scales to Celtic looks a done deal, but is it the right one?
Scales to Celtic won’t come as a surprise to many. Not when you consider who close we’ve reportedly been to snapping him up over the last couple of weeks [Irish Mirror].
Yet whilst it’s always a positive to beat English Premier League opposition to a player, Scales’ lack of experience is a concern.
He may have over 150 senior appearances to his name at 23, but they’ve all come in Ireland. Whether it be the League of Ireland Premier or First division, Scales is set for a major step up if he joins Celtic.
Starfelt’s shaky start may have had supporters looking for more experience with our next defensive signing. Having been linked this summer to the likes of Mario Vuskovic and Piero Hincapie, we could certainly have used a talent of that calibre. But it could be the case that Scales is brought in to challenge Greg Taylor at left-back instead. The League of Ireland defender is adept in both positions.
Scales is clearly ready for some form of step-up. He’s been bossing it with Shamrock for long enough now, and he already has title-winning experience in Ireland too.
Hopefully, he can prove to be a surprise package should this move be confirmed. We could certainly do with him being just that.