Transfer development may have handed SPFL boss a boost in pursuit of on-loan Celtic man

By Lewis Laird

November 24, 2022

Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin may have been handed a boost in his pursuit of on-loan Celtic man Liam Scales after the Hoops’ latest transfer development.

The Irishman has spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Pittodrie and has played a pivotal role in the Dons’ defensive backline.

Goodwin has played Scales in the left-sided centre-back role, utilising his versatility in both a back four and back five throughout the season.

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As the January transfer window approaches, the Aberdeen manager confirmed that Celtic do have the option to recall Scales. However, he is confident of keeping him at the club until at least the summer.

Right from the off, the former St Mirren manager has made his intentions clear that he is interested in signing the 24-year-old on a permanent basis.

Goodwin seems to remain confident that Aberdeen and Celtic can come to some sort of agreement further down the line.

And he might have just been handed a boost in his pursuit of the Ireland international after the last transfer development at Parkhead.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Bhoys confirmed the signing of left-footed central defender Yuki Kobayashi, who will join Ange Postecoglou’s squad from the 1st of January 2023.

So, it begs the question of what the future holds for Scales at Celtic, with the ex-Shamrock Rovers man enjoying consistent football at Aberdeen.

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Jim Goodwin will be more optimistic of Scales deal, but Celtic still hold all the cards.

The arrival of Kobayashi left Celtic supporters wondering what the near and distant future held for the likes of Stephen Welsh and Moritz Jenz, who are still at the club.

So, you can only imagine what Scales is thinking after seeing the Japanese defender join and sign a long-term, five-year deal.

The Aberdeen boss is likely to be left happy by the news, which makes a permanent move for Scales more likely, given he has fallen even further down the pecking order.

Despite that fact, Celtic still hold all the cards in negotiations, and the club will only allow the Irish defender to rejoin Aberdeen next season if the fee is correct.

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Scales still has another two-and-a-half years left on his current contract, which runs until 2025, and if he continues to impress in the Dons backline, then other interest is likely to arrive.

So although Aberdeen now looks in pole position to sign Liam Scales after a successful first season at Pittodrie, there is still a long way to go before that is guaranteed.

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