Liam Scales is expected to make his final appearance for Shamrock Rovers tonight- with the defender widely expected to join Celtic before the transfer window closes.
Rovers are attempting to turn around a two goal deficit against Flora Tallinn to book a place in the group stage of the Europa Conference but it is highly unlikely that he will be sticking around if his side are successful.
Two years ago Scales was on the brink of a move to Bristol Rovers but that deal fell through at the last minute. The defender got on with developing his game and is regarded as the best defender in the League of Ireland but at the age of 23 it seems like the time has come for him to take on a tougher challenge.
Covering an interview with Scales, Dublin Live reports:
Regardless of the outcome, tomorrow’s Europa Conference League play-off second leg with Flora Tallinn could turn out to be Liam Scales’ final act in a Shamrock Rovers shirt.
Those 90 – and possibly 120 – minutes will determine whether the versatile defender departs, with Celtic the likely destination, on a note of triumph or one of regret.
‘No regrets’ has been the Wicklow man’s mantra since he made the decision to swap UCD – where he had spent four happy years – for the Hoops 18 months ago.
Hoops boss Stephen Bradley confirmed recently that terms have been agreed with the Glasgow side for his transfer, believed to be in the region €600,000 plus add-ons.
All that remains is whether Scales decides to take the offer from the Scottish giants or bide his time for the rumoured interest from Premier League clubs to materialise.
Scales seems to be a left-sided central defender but is also reported to be able to play as a win-back.
Greg Taylor seems to be Celtic’s first choice left-back with Adam Montgomery as back-up, with transfer activities appearing to stall Scales looks like coming into the mix in that area of the park as well as in central defence.