Reports from Ireland suggest that Celtic have shrugged off competition from Southampton for one of the countries top talents.
The Irish Mirror reported yesterday, what many sources had been speculating for a few weeks now, that Shamrock Rovers' Liam Scales will be joining the Celtic revolution under Ange Postecoglou.
A fee of €600,000 plus add-ons looks set to bring the defender, who has recently made the switch from centre-back to left wing-back, to Parkhead. At 23, Scales has amassed more than 150 senior appearances to his name so far, albeit in a competition that is considered a few levels below the SPL.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this pending transfer then are the reports that Scales was looking for first-team assurances from the manager of his next club before putting pen to paper.
Time will tell whether the Irishman will slot straight into the the first XI at Parkhead, or if the overall proposition to swap one hooped shirt for another, was just more of a draw than a move to the south coast of England.
It's no secret that Celtic's defence is badly in need of quality reinforcements, especially those able to perform on the European stage. It would make sense then, that Scales would initially operate as a squad player with an opportunity to impress and compete with Greg Taylor for a first team spot, whilst providing some much needed back up in central defence.
What can we expect?
Scales is a left-footed defender who will become the League of Ireland's most expensive ever export when the deal is confirmed.
Whilst operating his whole career up until now in the League of Ireland, he was close to joining Bristol Rovers in England's League One after reportedly rejecting a contract offer from Premier League giants Man City after training with their U-23 squad.
A player then, who has turned heads in the past and has recently outgrown the League of Ireland, where he was a first division title winner with previous club UCD. Some of his most impressive performances have come since adjusting to the left wing-back position for Shamrock Rovers, and this is certainly an area of the field that Celtic are keen to bolster.
Defensively adept, Scales has also added a goal threat to his game and certainly hasn't looked of place in the opposition box, evidenced by this beautifully taken goal:
It remains to be seen whether Scales will be able to seamlessly transition to playing at a higher level at Celtic, the same way he has flourished in his new role as a dangerous wing-back.
But, with more display like the one above - this time in the hoops of Glasgow Celtic - the young Irishman will be well on his way.
What do you make of this potential signing? Do you think Scales has what it takes to succeed at Parkhead?