LIAM SCALES insists joining Aberdeen on loan for a season will boost his chances of a Republic of Ireland international breakthrough.

The 23-year-old defender agreed to the temporary switch only 10 months after signing for Celtic in a £500,000 move from Shamrock Rovers.

However, the first-team opportunities at the Hoops following the turn of the year were few and far between. His last outing was the 2-0 Euro Conference League loss to Bodo/Glimt in Norway as Ange Postecoglou’s side toppled out of their third European competition on a 5-1 aggregate.

Scales made eight starts in 20 appearances, but has welcomed the chance of game-time at Pittodrie after fellow-Irishman Jim Goodwin, a long-time admirer, made his initial move last month.

CHEERS…Liam Scales is congratulated by Mikey Johnston after claiming the third goal in Celtic’s 3-0 Premiership win over Dundee United at Tannadice in December.

The versatile back-four performer who can play in central defence and left-back said: “I have worked with Stephen Kenny before with the Irish Under-21s for two years. He has been in contact and to be in the Irish squad you have to be playing regular first-team football to have a chance to get in.

“So, I’m hoping this will help me and if I’m on form I’ll get in.

“I have been called in to squads and have been on standby, but I need to be playing regularly to really get my place in that team. It’s a goal of mine. I want to come to Aberdeen, play games and win games to help us finish as high up the table as we can.

“We want to finish as high up the table as we can, and there are Cups we can go and win, too.

“It would be great to win something here, every year you gear up to win silverware

“You must be ambitious and I can’t wait to get going and help us try to win something.”

Scales, speaking to the Scottish Sun, added: “Towards the end of last season, the team was playing so well there were no opportunities to get in.

“I think this is going to be the best thing for me to come here and play some games.”

DONS DELIGHT…Liam Scales is all smiles after sealing his one-year loan switch from Celtic to Aberdeen.

The young Irishman, though, will not make his Dons debut against his parent club at Parkhead on the Premiership opening day on Sunday July 31.

There is likely to be a clause in the loan arrangement which will prevent him playing against the champions.

The same terms were inserted in Ewan Henderson’s switch to Hibs last season before the move became permanent at the end of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the Dons further bolstered their squad with the signing of Wycombe defender Anthony Stewart on a two-year deal.

Boss Goodwin added: “I’m delighted to get Anthony over the line.

“We’ve been working on this one for quite a period of time now.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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