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Shamrock Rovers defender Liam Scales is snubbing interest from Southampton in favour of a move to Celtic before the transfer deadline.

That’s according to The Irish Mirror, who claim that Scales has been targeted for a move to the South Coast this summer.

Southampton just lost defender Jannik Vestergaard to Leicester City and are unsurprisingly in the market for another addition in defence.

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Scales has seemingly caught their eye, fitting in with new recruits Valentino Livramento, Dynel Simeu and Adam Armstrong as talents for the future.

However, Scales prefers a move to Celtic because Ange Postecoglou can give him immediate first-team football at Parkhead.

Scales seemingly doesn’t fancy sitting in the shadows at Southampton, and would prefer to have a shot at playing time with Celtic.

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A left footed defender who would fit perfectly as a left-sided centre back, Scales is a man in demand with a number of English clubs keen.

Celtic look set to win the race though, with Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley expecting a deal to be done before the transfer deadline.

Scales will cost around £500,000 plus add-ons, and Celtic may see this as a major transfer win if they can pip Southampton to a deal.

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