Celtic are now ‘in talks’ with Shamrock Rovers over a possible move for versatile defender Liam Scales, according to The Irish Mirror’s Paul O’Hehir.
The Lowdown: Scales profiled
Scales is 22 years of age and is under contract with Rovers until the end of the 2022 season.
Scales turned out as a centre-back, left-back, left-midfielder and in a defensive midfield role last season, and it appears as if the Hoops like what they see in the youngster.
After a crucial win over their Dublin arch-rivals Bohemians last term, Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley said of the youngster: “I thought Liam showed tremendous composure at times, when the ball came out he was either chesting or heading down to his teammates or taking touches.
“I thought he was really, really good. He’s been very good since he came in, he’s improving all the time. He has a real high level of ability and can keep improving.”
The Latest: Celtic in talks
According to O’Hehir, further discussions between Celtic and Shamrock Rovers were set to take place on Monday, with a number of Championship clubs in England keen on Scales.
Celtic may have to pay a ‘significant’ six-figure fee for Scales’ services, according to the Irish Examiner’s John Fallon.
The Verdict: A handy addition?
Scales is clearly highly regarded by a number of clubs who have shown interest, so he could be a useful signing for Celtic if they can land him.
He’s able to play in four different positions and would therefore provide cover in a number of areas in Ange Postecoglou’s squad.
You’d expect that Desmond’s association with both clubs could help a Parkhead switch to materialise, so this may well be a deal to keep a close eye on over the course of the week.
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