Shamrock Rovers manager addresses Celtic speculation over Liam Scales

By David Walton

August 4, 2021

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley has confirmed Celtic are interested in 22-year-old centre-back Liam Scales.

The Irish Mirror reported earlier this week that the Hoops had held talks with the League of Ireland club over the young centre-back. They would report yesterday that a formal bid had been put forward by the Bhoys too.

Scales is preparing to take part in Rovers’ Europa Conference League qualifier against Tueta of Albania tomorrow night.

And it doesn’t appear as though Celtic are as certain to get a deal done as it’s seemed in recent days. Instead, Bradley has confirmed that there are other clubs also showing an interest, with no bids having been accepted as of yet.

As quoted by the Irish Independent, Bradley said: “I know there is a lot of interest and there has been for quite some time, but right now Liam is fully focused on tomorrow (first leg v Teuta in Tallaght) and going forward until Stephen McPhail (sporting director) and the board tell me otherwise that’s the way it will be. But there is a lot of serious interest from the English Premier League and Scotland.

“There has been bids put down. We’ve had a number of managers ring myself and Stephen regarding Liam and watched him on a weekly basis.

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“That [Premier League interest] has been there as well as Celtic and others. There is a lot of interest.”

Liam Scales to Celtic not the certainty it previously looked

So Scales continues to be a Shamrock player as the week drags on. This initially looked like an easy deal for Celtic to complete, but things appear more complicated now.

EPL interest will always be a battle Celtic can do without in the hunt for new faces. It will all depend on where Scales believes he’ll get more opportunities.

Celtic of course have a massive centre-back dearth at the moment. The Hoops have yet to add to the signing of Carl Starfelt, despite another being necessary.

As much as Scales would get time should he sign on in Glasgow, many will question his lack of experience at a higher level than League of Ireland. To still be playing there at 22 years of age won’t lead to many being convinced.

But Scales does have plenty of room for potential. Celtic will no doubt be keeping their eyes peeled on how he performs in tomorrow night’s Europa Conference League qualifier.

At the moment, however, there’s no sign of this transfer story coming to a swift end.

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