Liam Scales arrived at Celtic this summer with a lot of expectations behind him. He had enjoyed a terrific rise at Shamrock Rovers in recent times and was considered as one of the best players in the League of Ireland. As a result, many believed that he was ready to immediately make the jump to Celtic’s first-team picture.
That has not turned out to be the case though. In fact, he has only made one substitute appearance ever since joining Celtic in the summer.
He did impress after coming off the bench against Raith Rovers though and many fans have wondered why he is not playing more regularly, especially with Greg Taylor out of action at the moment after undergoing surgery. But instead, Adam Montgomery looks like the first-choice left-back in Ange Postecoglou’s side at the moment.
Scales’ own comments appear to hint at why he has not featured much in this team till now. While speaking with Pundit Arena, the Celtic summer signing said:
“I knew it was going to be a step up, and I’m still getting to grips with the system and the way [Ange] wants to play.
“It’s another step up in intensity with the kind of levels of fitness levels required.
“I just have to be patient. Once I get my opportunity, it’s important that I take it.”
Scales still appears to be adjusting to the style of football at Celtic
Scales’ comments suggest that he is still adjusting to the style of football that Celtic are looking to play under the management of Postecoglou as well as the step up in intensity.
That should not be a cause for worry though. He is still just 23 years of age and in his first season of football at a club like Celtic. It is only natural that he would take some time to adjust to his new surroundings.
Capable of playing in multiple positions and known for his consistency, Scales could go on to play a big role in his Celtic team in the future. One can only hope that he starts finding his feet at Parkhead over the coming months and featuring more regularly as the season progresses.