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Talk about bowing out on a high. On what could be his last game in the green-and-white hoops of Shamrock Rovers, Liam Scales left supporters feeling bitter-sweet – grateful for his starring role in a brilliant 12 months for the Dublin-based club while dreading the departure of a man to Celtic who may be impossible to replace. 

Striker Rory Gaffney was the hero, scoring both goals as Shamrock Rovers moved a giant step closer to the group stages of the UEFA Conference League during last night’s 2-0 win at Albanian outfit KF Tueta

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But it was Scales who laid the foundations for a comprehensive and well-deserved victory, setting up both of Gaffney’s efforts with his trusty left foot.

In fact, watching the Ireland U21 international perform the full-back role with such poise and self-belief, it’s easy to forget he spent much of last season playing at centre-half. 

Liam Scales will have gone out with a bang if that was his last game before Celtic move

That versatility is one of many attributes that has seen Scales generate a buzz on the other side of the Irish Sea.

A host of EFL clubs are keen on the adaptable 23-year-old and, according to Shamrock Rovers coach Stephen Bradley, a fair share of Premier League teams have made their interest known too. 

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As have Celtic who, with a bid in the region of £500,000 in the offing, could soon make Scales the most expensive player in the history of the League of Ireland. 

“The interest is flattering, of course it is,” Scales said when quizzed about Celtic’s interest this week. 

“But I don’t want it to be a distraction.” 

On last night’s evidence, all that speculation isn’t taking his mind off the task in hand at all.

Here’s what some fans on Twitter had to say about Scales’ performance:

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