Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side continued their highly impressive run of Premiership form on Sunday afternoon, with the Bhoys sweeping aside fourth-placed Dundee United 3-0, a result which saw the Hoops’ extend their unbeaten league run to 10 games.
There were also a number of extremely encouraging individual performances turned in by a number of Celtic’s players, with Tom Rogic, David Turnbull, Callum McGregor and Cameron Carter-Vickers all highly impressing for the 56-year-old manager’s side.
However, although he only spent 15 minutes on the pitch, perhaps one of the most exciting displays at Tannadice was that of 23-year-old Liam Scales, with the versatile centre-back going a long way to proving he is more than ready for regular first-team football this season.
Being brought on at left-back, the £540k summer signing from Shamrock Rovers enjoyed 23 touches of the ball, completed 14 passes and created one big chance – firing a dangerous ball across the Dundee United penalty area that was begging for a finishing touch from one of the Irishman’s teammates.
However, undeniably the most eye-catching factor of the £90k-rated man’s performance was his extremely cool edge of the box finish just six minutes into what was his league debut for the Bhoys – a goal which confirmed Celtic would be heading back to Glasgow with all three points.
Speaking after the match, Postecoglou said of Scales’ display: “He did well today. Not just with his goal but coming in and having to deal with some pressure there. Like all the other young players, we give them the opportunities, we give them the platform to improve, and the rest is up to them.”
And, while the 23-year-old who Postecoglou himself suggested has “big future at Celtic” had struggled to make an impact at Parkhead prior to Sunday, following his remarkable league debut, he could well go on to live up to Graham Gartland’s claim that he is “only going to get better” in his senior career.
Indeed, if the youngster – who described his debut as like something out of “Roy of the Rovers” – can maintain his level of performance against Dundee United going forwards, the defender could well prove to save the Bhoys millions of pounds in transfer fees this January – as he would appear more than capable of filling in, or even starting when required for Celtic.