Report: Why Celtic may make Aberdeen wait to sign Liam Scales
Celtic could make Aberdeen wait before sanctioning any departure for Liam Scales until they get more players back from injury, according to the Daily Record.
It had been reported earlier in the week that the Dons were looking to secure the Celtic man with a permanent deal preferable. Scales is also said to be open to an exit should it lead to more first-team minutes [Daily Record].
However, the newspaper has claimed that this may need to be put on the backburner due to the Hoops wishing to wait on some players returning from injury.
As to who those players are is up for debate. Centre-back Carl Starfelt is sidelined after picking up an injury on international duty. But there have been no reports of any injury issues to our left-back options.
Greg Taylor wasn’t a part of the Scotland squad last night, but that was most likely just down to rotation more than anything. Adam Montgomery and Boli Bolingoli, meanwhile, haven’t had any issues reported.
Scales looks out of the picture at Celtic Park despite only signing for the club last summer. The Republic of Ireland under-21 international would only go on to make 13 appearances throughout the entire season [Transfermarkt].
Liam Scales Celtic departure makes sense for all parties
It would be interesting to know who the injured players are that would potentially be halting this move. There certainly hasn’t been a wave of injury news coming out of Celtic Park over the last couple of weeks.
What there is, of course, is a lack of strength in depth at left-back. Should Scales depart before we bring another in then we’ll only have Boli and Montgomery to challenge Greg Taylor. Yes, the numbers are there, but the quality isn’t.
But that shouldn’t stop Celtic from finding Scales a move this summer. It’s not as if the former Shamrock Rovers defender is suddenly going to burst onto the scene and compete with Taylor. He needs experience elsewhere, and Aberdeen would be the ideal club to send him to.
The only problem in any deal here for Celtic would be if they didn’t manage to strengthen the position this summer. However, there’s absolutely no chance of that happening. It’s far too important for next season.
It may also be worth sending Scales away on a loan move to see how a year of Scottish Premiership football improves him. We’ve seen how beneficial it was in the past to players such as Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie. Scales has every right to wonder whether he could follow in their footsteps.
But for now, it looks as though this particular deal is going to rumble on a bit further.