Rangers legend Barry Ferguson believes Liam Scales “has the potential” to thrive at Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic under Ange Postecoglou, speaking to the Go Radio Football Show.
Of all the signings Celtic made this summer – from Croatia internationals to 29-goal strikers and from 75-cap England veterans to Asian sensations – the little-known Scales is perhaps the most unheralded of the lot.
And we can see why.
When it comes to signing talented, up-and-coming Irishmen, Celtic don’t have a particularly impressive track record.
Luca Connell, Jonathan Afolabi and Lee O’Connor have all struggled for opportunities on the green half of Glasgow, while Armstrong Oko-Flex joined West Ham United after a grand total of two first-team appearances north of the border.
So you’d be forgiven for wondering whether Scales, a versatile defender snapped up from Shamrock Rovers for a record-breaking fee, is set for a season of struggle on the other side of the Irish Sea.
Will Liam Scales thrive at Celtic under Ange Postecoglou?
“I have seen Scales for Shamrock a couple of times and, to be honest with you, he stood out for me,” says former Ibrox skipper Ferguson, convinced a man who shone during the UEFA Conference League qualifiers will make a name for himself in Scotland.
“(Shamrock Rovers) have been playing since the middle of March and had a small break in June so he’s certainly up to speed in terms of game time.
“It is a big leap, no doubt about it, going from the Irish League to the Premiership but there is no doubt (Scales) is a decent player.
“He has got a real good opportunity because, as I said, I saw him twice for Shamrock and he has definitely got the potential to make it at Celtic.”
Scales was left on the bench as Ange Postecoglou lost a sixth away game out of seven against bogey side Livingston on Sunday.
But with Greg Taylor now facing two months on the sidelines, a window of opportunity might just have opened for Scales to establish himself at one of Britain’s biggest clubs.