If a report from the Scottish Sun is believed to be true, Celtic star Liam Scales has emerged as one of Aberdeen’s key summer targets. The Dons dismissed Stephen Glass following a series of dismal outcomes and appointed Jim Goodwin as the new Pittodrie boss to script a quick transition overcoming the shambles of 2021-22.
Scales, 23, progressed through the youth ranks of Arklow Town and UCD before breaking into the latter’s senior side. The Irishman went on to make more than 100 appearances for the Dublin-based outfit and was eventually roped in by Shamrock Rovers. He spent a couple of years with the Irish giants and his emergence in the defensive third grabbed the Bhoys’ attention.
Ange Postecoglou rebuilt the Celtic side with numerous new names and Scales, being one of them, has been patient despite limited gametime all throughout the last campaign. Being left-footed, the youngster has mostly been deployed as a left fullback. Although he did not disappoint in his 13 Hoops appearances, a central defensive role suits him the most given his aerial supremacy as well as ball-playing traits.
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Goodwin enjoyed a majestic managerial spell in charge of St Mirren prior to accepting Aberdeen’s offer. However, he inherited an unsettled squad that lacked quality and motivation. Declan Gallagher and David Bates restored some defensive stability late in the previous term, but the gaffer is keen on a left-sided centre-half who would serve them in the long run. He is keen on striking a permanent deal for his fellow countryman and Scales, too, should grab this opportunity after only eight starts for the Glasgow giants.
The Dons would rather rope him on loan with an option to buy in case a fee is not agreed upon in the upcoming window. Goodwin wants to have him on board for the pre-season, but the Gers must analyze the situation first before letting the former Republic of Ireland youth international go.
Scales’ gametime is unlikely to increase at Parkhead with Greg Taylor featuring from the left week in week out. Also, Josip Juranovic has often shifted as a left-back during Taylor’s injury absence allowing Anthony Ralston to occupy the right fullback role. The prodigy from County Wicklow is currently way down the pecking order, and therefore, a move to Aberdeen is a win-win for all parties involved. The assured minutes under Goodwin should help him flourish in Scottish football.