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Celtic: Liam Scales move likely

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Celtic’s move for Shamrock Rovers defender Liam Scales is looking probable, according to The Athletic’s Kieran Devlin.

The Lowdown: Monday update

Reports on Monday suggested that Scales is set for a Celtic switch.

The 23-year-old is thought to be Parkhead bound before the end of the month for an upfront fee of €600,000 plus add-ons.

Scales, who can play as a centre-back or a left-back, was recently described as ‘brilliant’ by Shamrock boss Stephen Bradley and it seems as if he will join Josip Juranovic at Celtic Park, with the Legia Warsaw man set to fly to Scotland on the weekend ahead of a £2.5m move.

The Latest: Devlin claim

Devlin, Celtic’s correspondent for The Athletic, ran a Q&A regarding the AZ Alkmaar first leg on Wednesday.

Before the game, he was asked about left-back Boli Bolingoli’s future, which he described as a ‘strange’ situation.

Devlin then went on to say that a move for Scales is looking probable after a loan move for Ko Itakura fell through.

“Don’t know about Bolingoli, it is a strange one. Liam Scales from Shamrock Rovers is looking probable after the Itakura loan move fell through, so it is possible he might be looked to as cover/competition for both CB and LB.”

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The Verdict: Perfect

Celtic appear to be building for the future with the signings of youngsters Liel Abada, Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide and Joey Dawson this summer.

Bringing in Scales would be another step in the right direction in regards to the long-term plan, and he’ll be able to provide cover in two areas Ange Postecoglou could do with adding to.

He has four senior centre-backs, one of which is injured and two left-backs without Bolingoli, and it seems as if Scales is set to move to Scotland over the coming weeks to ease the pressure on Postecoglou in those areas.

In other news: Ange’s phone call: Celtic set sights on 6ft ‘phenomenon’; he likes the sound of a Parkhead move. 

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