The 2021 Celtic signing who must join Shaw and Urhoghide in January loan exit
Ange Postecoglou has already stated that Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide could leave on loan in January, and it’s already clear that Liam Scales will need to join them.
Postecoglou told fan media outlets including 67HailHail that Shaw and Urhoghide could leave the club come the new year on temporary deals. That the decision will be made on the pair come January.
Question marks over the pair’s future came from a lack of first-team exposure this season. Neither man has played a single minute of competitive action this term.
But similar questions hover over Scales, who signed in the summer from Shamrock Rovers. Arriving in August, it looked as though the Irishman was going to be a genuine contender for the left-back spot this season.
The truth of the matter couldn’t be any different unfortunately. Sure, Scales has made 3 appearances for the club with 2 coming in Europe. But he’s only accumulated 44 minutes of action this season and hasn’t even been part of the matchday squad for 5 of a possible 10 league games [Transfermarkt].
In fact, he seems further down the pecking order than many would’ve hoped. Since arriving at the club, the likes of Josip Juranovic, Adam Montgomery, and Boli Bolingoli have all been selected ahead of him.
Ange Postecoglou has never been overly-committal on game-time for Liam Scales
Postecoglou has never really given off positive vibes on further first-team exposure for Scales either. During his first couple of months when asked about him, Ange would consistently state that he “wasn’t quite ready yet” [The Scotsman].
Stretching back to early October, he hasn’t been asked or mentioned the Irishman in his media duties either. Hardly the most promising sign for Scales.
You could understand not immediately loaning him out in the summer. Like Scales and Urhoghide, it was essential that Scales was given plenty of time to adapt to his new surroundings. Ensuring he got a feel for the club and understood the demands and the philosophy of the new manager was also important.
But the time has come for Scales to take the next step. A return to Ireland wouldn’t be productive either. It remains far too big a step-up to expect Scales to return to his homeland and come back a better player in the summer.
He needs to be tested at a higher level. A switch to a lower-league English club or lower Scottish Premiership side would be ideal. At 23, Scales isn’t a young gun and he certainly can’t be going a full season’s worth without first-team football.
So expect him to also depart come the January transfer window, even if he’s still making matchday squads on a regular basis.