Celtic’s 3-0 win over Dundee United was one of the Hoops’ best performances of the season. Every player performed well, with Tom Rogic in particular turning in a stand-out performance, as he controlled the game from midfield, and scored a fine goal.
One player who should be pleased with his day’s work in Liam Scales. The defender made only his fourth appearance for Celtic – and his first in the league – and marked it with a fine goal to clinch the victory for the Bhoys.
He also should have had an assist in the game, as his superb cross somehow eluded Kyogo when it looked easier to score. The 23-year-old, who is rated at £90k (Transfermarkt), joined the Bhoys in the summer from Shamrock Rovers, signing a four-year deal.
As has already been said, Scales has not featured often for the Bhoys this season. But he was brought on in the second-half to replace Greg Taylor, who was making his first appearance since October.
Scales’ performance at left-back will have given Ange Postecoglou plenty to think about. The player might not have had to do a lot of defending as Celtic were so dominant, but he did well on the attacking side. Scales’ goal may have taken a slight deflection, but it was still a good finish by the player, who was in the right place at the right time to get on the end of Liel Abada’s cross.
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His aforementioned cross into the box not long after the goal was arguably even better, and Kyogo will be annoyed with himself that he didn’t find the back of the net with the goal gaping. Scales’ cameo performance could well present the Celtic manager with a nice problem to have. He showed in his time on the pitch that he looks well-worth giving more chances to.
Scales will definitely have tougher games for Celtic, but in only his first league game he showed that he doesn’t looked overawed by the Scottish game. With Greg Taylor back in action, and the emergence of Scales, along with Josip Juranovic, Celtic now seem to have a host of options at left-back.
That can only be a good thing for the club, and Postecoglou’s welcome problem could be selecting which of the three players is in the best form to start for the club. At the moment it looks like the position is Taylor’s, but if Scales continues to impress like he did against Dundee United then his first Celtic start could come sooner than later.