Liam Scales admits he’s flattered by Celtic’s interest but will only leave Shamrock Rovers for a club that offers him regular first-team football, speaking to the Irish Mirror.
And that’s the question Scales faces as he weighs up a move from Dublin to Glasgow. Would he feature, week in, week out, in Ange Postecoglou’s best XI?
Given the 22-year-old is a player renowned for his versatility, it’s tempting to think he’d be viewed as a utility man at Parkhead, someone capable of stepping in when required at centre-half, left-back or even defensive midfield without nailing down a consistent role.
Scales, then, may have reservations about joining the Premiership giants.
Then again, the chance to join a club of Celtic’s stature may also feel like an opportunity too good to pass up, particularly if the Hoops firm up their interest in a man expected to leave for a League of Ireland record fee of about £500,000.
Liam Scales could add to Postecoglou’s Celtic options
“I’m not sure but I’d say so,” Scales said when asked whether he expects to leave Shamrock Rovers before the end of the month.
“Anything can happen. There’s interest –and that’s public. I’m weighing up my options and taking my time.
“The interest is flattering, of course it is. But I don’t want it to be a distraction.
“You look at things like where you’re going to play and progress and not be sitting in the stands. That’s probably the main thing. There are loads of factors in it.”
Last week, Shamrock Rovers coach Stephen Bradley confirmed Celtic had expressed an interest in Scales, as had a number of unnamed Premier League clubs.
The Hoops should have an advantage over their English transfer rivals, however, given Celtic shareholder Dermot Desmond also has a majority stake in the Tallaght Stadium outfit.
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