Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin praises his Celtic loanee Liam Scales

Jim Goodwin has insisted that the Aberdeen fans have realised the quality and contribution Celtic loanee Liam Scales has brought to the Dons this early in his time at Pittodrie. There were murmurings of discontent amongst the Aberdeen casuals when a banner surfaced online condemning the singing of Scales on-loan from the Scottish Champions.

However, after a blistering start to life in the red of the team from the Granite City, Goodwin has been quick to shut down these rumours and asserted his view that the fans are happy with what the Irishman can bring to his new-look starting XI. Speaking to Sky Sports Scotland, he said: “Listen, Liam Scales is a quality player. I tried to get him on a couple of occasions when I was St Mirren manager and he was over at Shamrock Rovers.

Liam Scales of Celtic celebrates after scoring (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“He’s a top player and he gives us great balance on that left hand side. He’s the best option available for us right now. We did enquire to Celtic about trying to make it a permanent one, but they prefer to go down the loan route. So, I’m quite comfortable with it. I think the supporters should be too. I think they recognise what Liam has brought to the team so far. He has been one of our standout performers in this early part (of the season).”

5th December 2021; Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland: Scottish Premier League football, Dundee United versus Celtic: Callum McGregor of Celtic congratulates Liam Scales of Celtic after he makes it 3-0 in the 81st minute

Aberdeen have already made a play for Liam on a permanent transfer but Celtic have rebuffed this, believing he can grow into a regular starter at Celtic Park. He came highly regarded by those in the League of Ireland and has acquitted himself well most of the time when introduced to the fold by Ange Postecoglou. Although the demands at Celtic are far greater than that of Shamrock Rovers or Aberdeen respectively.

A season-long loan deal to the North East of Scotland could reap rewards for both Sclaes and the Bhoys. At 24, Liam needs to be playing consistently every week to develop further and with Jim Goodwin it feels like a very good fit for now. His quality has already been evident since the beginning of pre-season and had the Aberdeen supporters eager for more now. Those with the banner may have acted prematurely when delivering this message to Dave Cormack and Jim Goodwin.

It seems like Liam could have a very productive year in Aberdeen.

Watch Jim Goodwin give his thoughts on Liam below:

Paul Gillespie

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