Celtic’s one positive from Rotterdam

One positive we can take from last night’s Champions League opener against Feyenoord was the display of Liam Scales…

There weren’t many positives to take from last night’s poor showing in Rotterdam, but one shining light for Celtic was the performance of Liam Scales.

He’s not the best defender in the world or indeed anywhere near our first pick at the start of the season, and he might not be blessed with lightning pace, but he sure makes up for that with his sheer desire and commitment. He does his job without any fuss. He’s a real team player and one who has forced his way into Brendan’s plans for this season.

Liam is of course only in the side due to our horrific injury problems in defence, but he has been given a chance and he’s grabbed it with both hands. In the last few games he’s stuck to the task of basic defending and  has done it particularly well, especially in the game at Ibrox.

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IMAGO / Shutterstock Photo by Kirk O Rourke/Shutterstock – Liam Scales of Celtic during the Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox on 03 Sep 2023

Last night was a similar scenario for him as he was up against it for the entire game, and although the outcome wasn’t the same as it was at Ibrox he can hold his head high. The experience will have certainty helped him greatly and he has now sampled Champions League football.

Liam doesn’t look out of place at the back and if he keeps this form up he could very well be fighting for a starting spot once everyone at centre back is available for selection. And remember he is left footed, something that is rare – Celtic played the previous two seasons with the right footed Carl Starfelt on the left side of the central defence.

So it look like Liam Scales has arrived as a Celtic player. Is that a bold statement? Well not really if he keeps up his fine displays. Time will tell.

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

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1 Comment

  1. Barry Robson obviously saw him perform well for Aberdeen and wanted him back.
    Sometimes the solution is staring us in the face while we seek the perfect answer from far off shores.
    Left footed 6ft plus defenders who will battle for the jersey don’t grow on trees.
    Best wishes to Liam.
    Hail Hail.