Celtic’s Loan Bhoys: “The guys will all need some sort of clarity moving forward,” Ange Postecoglou

Liam Scales is wanted by Aberdeen but both Barry Robson and the Irish central defender will be made to wait until the end of the season before they get a decision from Celtic Park.

Ange Postecoglou will plan to oversee a busy summer with new signing expected as he gears his squad up for the Champions League and there’s always the possibility of some departures as big offers come in for some of the current Celtic stars who might fancy earning the mega-bucks they could be offered and the chance to play in one of the top leagues in European football.

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

Liam Scales will be just one name in a fairly expensive list of Celtic players currently out on loan who will return in the summer looking for clarity on their future careers, whether that is going to be at Celtic Park or elsewhere. We’ll have a look at this list and the possible outcomes shortly on The Celtic Star.

“We’ll wait until the summer. It’s good to see Liam doing so well at Aberdeen,” Ange Postecoglou stated when asked about the Irish defender’s future, as reported by Glasgow Times. “When you put guys out on loan you hope they get good experience and make an impact. Liam has done that and I know Barry Robson and the club have been really happy with him.

Photo by Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock. Celtic’s on loan defender Liam Scales scores for Aberdeen and celebrates with team mates after his long range looping effort beat theRangers veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor to give Aberdeen a 1-0 lead. Aberdeen v theRangers, Cinch Scottish Premiership, Pittodrie. Aberdeen won the match 2-0.

“But those decisions will be made at the end of the year. We’ll see what’s best for him and the club. The guys will all need some sort of clarity moving forward. We will look at them all on an individual basis. We’ll get to that when the time is right,” the Celtic manager explained.

Looking forward to the transfer window, Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that work is already underway but the club is not at the imminent stage yet with any player because there’s much more work to be done before the final targets are identified and approaches made. That of course doesn’t mean that anyone already mentioned doesn’t end up on the list of top targets Celtic end up with. Nor does it mean that they will be included.

“We’ve already started work. We are not close to signing anyone but it’s about identifying targets. It’s a bit tricky at this point before the summer window because you are not really sure about potential departures as well.

5th December 2021; Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland: Scottish Premier League football, Dundee United versus Celtic: Liam Scales of Celtic celebrates his goal making it 3-0 in the 81st minute.

“We’re ready to go and are doing plenty of work in the background. I can assure you anyone mentioned at the moment is definitely not on our radar because we are not at that stage yet,” Ange says.

Incidentally Liam Scales is not without his admirers in the Celtic support, especially after catching the eye at Aberdeen this season. For example, we received this observation this morning in our inbox from John H:

“I believe Liam Scales to be a better option than Yuki  for left centre back. He has had a good season on loan and proved he is well equipped for the rigours of the Scottish Premiership and clearly relishes taking on the Zombies. He has shown in his limited outings with the Hoops that he can also do a job at left back. Bernabei and Yuki both showed against the Zombies that they were rattled by physicality. He also is a Hoops supporter. Would hate if came back to thwart us in the Aberdeen shirt,” John H.

Next up, we’ll take a look at the eleven players currently out on loan with ten due back in the summer. Yosuke Ideguchi’s loan to J-League side Avispa Fukuoka runs through to 31 January 2024.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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