Liam’s Aberdeen form tipping the Scales in Celtic’s favour

Liam Scales appear to have already made a positive impression in the short time he’s been playing with Jim Goodwin’s rebuilt Aberdeen side.

The Dons have been in completive action already this season, with League Cup group stage football against Stirling Albion, Dumbarton and Peterhead. And it appears Scales – who is operating as a left-sided central defender under the watch of Goodwin – has been in good form as part of a side who have kept three consecutive clean sheets in a 5-0 win against Albion and a couple of 2-0 wins over Dumbarton and Peterhead.

So much so that BBC Scotland journalist and Dons supporter Phil McDonald has advised the Dons hierarchy to make the temporary loan switch a permanent arrangement as he took to social media to state ‘Whatever Celtic want for Scales, give it to them’.

Scales loan move to Aberdeen makes a lot of sense for both parties. Aberdeen after a dire campaign last season were in need of fresh faces and the impetus they bring, yet working to a tight budget the use of the loan market was always going to ensure their playing budget could spread a little further.

Meanwhile Scales having signed from Shamrock Rovers last summer struggled for gametime at Celtic, and for a player due to turn 24 next month, he simply needed to play regular football to avoid stagnating.

Adam Montgomery and Liam Scales. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And from the club’s side this one also has its plus points. Scales was signed for £500,000, yet if Celtic wish to either ensure the player can come back to the club ready to fight for a first team jersey, or more likely find an a new club then first team exposure, such as Scales is getting at Aberdeen, can only attract either interest from the Dons themselves, or more likely from the multitude of clubs who appear to send scouts to Pittodrie on a regular basis, as we saw with the recent big money sales of Calvin Ramsey to Liverpool and Lewis Ferguson to Bologna.

It’s far too early to call Liam Scales move to Aberdeen an unqualified success, indeed the teams the Dons are playing in the League Cup are sides you would fully expect Jim Goodwin’s side to be stopping from scoring, but it certainly seems Liam Scales is making a favourable impression so far in the North East, and if he keeps up the form his next permanent move could see Celtic turn a profit on the player, or he could come back to Celtic ready to stake a claim for a first team shirt under Ange Postecoglou.

Niall J

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As a Bellshill Bhoy I was taken to my first Celtic game in the summer of 1987. It was Billy McNeill’s return to Celtic Park as manager and Celtic lost 5-1 to Arsenal . I thought I was a jinx, I think my Grandfather might have thought the same. It was the finest gift anyone ever gave me when he walked me through Parkhead's gates.

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