Report: Celtic defender Liam Scales open to Aberdeen move as Bhoys consider Barron

By Lewis Laird

June 6, 2022

Celtic defender Liam Scales is interested in a move to fellow Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen according to a report from the Daily Record.

The Irishman joined the Hoops from Shamrock Rovers last summer as part of Ange Postecoglou’s squad rebuild, which included a further 11 signings during a busy window.

However, Scales has only featured 13 times under the Bhoys boss last season, being kept out the side by Scotland internationalist Greg Taylor.

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Over the weekend, the left-sided defender was linked with a move to Jim Goodwin’s Aberdeen side, who will be going through a rebuild of their own this summer.

Goodwin is reportedly a ‘long-term admirer’ of his fellow countryman and is looking to bring Scales to Pittodrie during this window.

According to a report from the Daily Record, Scales would also be open to the move as he searches for regular game time, which is far from guaranteed at Parkhead.

The report also mentions that the Dons would prefer a permanent move for the 23-year old. But, the one issue that remains is the finances that would be involved in such deal.

So, a loan move to Pittodrie is more likely as Goodwin looks to add to his defensive line-up for the season ahead.

Previous reports have also suggested that Aberdeen may look into the possibility of an option-to-buy deal.

Scales appears to have accepted his time at Parkhead is up; could he be used as a transfer leeway?

Despite only joining the club last summer, Scales seems to have already accepted his time with the club is up.

Recent links to left-back options have also suggested that Postecoglou is looking to strengthen that area this summer. So, it is probably a sensible call from the Irishman.

Finances may be a problem for the Dons. However, there is a possible angle that Celtic could look to use.

Yesterday, reports suggested that Postecoglou and his scouting team were keeping a close eye on Aberdeen youngster Connor Barron.

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So, if Barron turns out to be a player that Ange is keen to bring on board a potential deal involving Liam Scales may well be an option that the club look to turn to.

Of course, Scales might decide that a loan move is enough and he would rather earn some first-team minutes next season, before coming back in pre-season to try and fight for his place.

However, these latest reports coming out of the media seem to suggest that his short stay with the club could come to an end at some point this week.

In other news, Chris Sutton wants Celtic to tie down Ange Postecoglou for compensation purposes.