Sunday is the perfect stage for Irishman Liam Scales to bag his Celtic debut

By Euan Davidson

September 17, 2021

Dig if you will, a picture: Liam Scales getting the nod for Celtic against Livingston on Sunday.

The Irishman, signed from Shamrock Rovers late in the transfer window, was named on the bench for last night’s exertions against Real Betis. Still getting to grips with life at his new club, Scales has said he’s ready, willing and able to step in.

Josip Juranovic was played at left-back last night. The Croatian performed ably, even netting a spot kick to put Celtic 2-0 up. However, when the La Liga club counter-attacked on his unnatural side, it was obvious where Juranovic prefers to play.

That’s not a criticism. In fact, Juranovic should be applauded for his willingness. In two out of three games for Celtic, he’s played in the wrong position.

But with the energy Celtic put into last night’s Europa League opener, some rotation is surely needed to get us through the rest of the month.

Greg Taylor will be missing for a while. Adam Montgomery has performed admirably, but he’s a good attacking option off the bench. Boli Bolingoli has been frozen out to such an extent that you forget he’s even an option.

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If Juranovic is going to be an important player for Celtic, he needs more time on his favoured flank. That leaves Scales in prime position to make his mark against David Martindale’s Livingston.

Celtic supporters want to see what Liam Scales is all about

When a player is talked up so much in Ireland, it has to be because they have something about them. With a full pre-season and game time under his belt in 21-22, there won’t be any concerns about fitness.

He might not have had sufficient time to adapt to Postecoglou’s tactics as of yet. However, it’s a case of learning by doing sometimes, and with the way the squad is set for Sunday, it’d almost be disappointing not to see him start.

Just like Giorgos Giakoumakis, there’s real enthusiasm to see our new Bhoys in action. Yes, Celtic are having to ask a lot of so many new players. Surely, though, it’ll surely serve us better long-term to get as many of the squad bedded in.

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As much as anything else, it’d be great to get a real perspective on Scales’ strengths. Does his physical frame make him suited to a centre-back spot? Or, is he better on the left, making runs, taking on players and drifting into central positions, per Postecoglou’s instructions?

I don’t know about you – and maybe it’s impatience – but I’m dying to see what the young Irishman can do for Celtic. While Raith Rovers might represent an easier introduction to the first-team, helping see of a frustrating Livingston side would be a more satisfying debut.

Ange Postecoglou has hinted at “fresh legs” being used on Sunday [Celtic FC].

We hope Liam Scales is included in that.

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