After being dumped out of the Champions League and tasting defeat in their first league clash of the campaign, Celtic supporters had every right to be fuming.
It was a tough start to Ange Postecoglou’s reign but the Hoops are beginning to make some shrewder moves in the transfer market.
The Bhoys added Joe Hart and James McCarthy to their ranks on Tuesday evening with the former among the travelling party for their match with Jablonec on Thursday.
Though, if you believe reports, Celtic are now closing in on an eighth and much-needed addition of the window.
According to Paul Nealon on Twitter, they are on the verge of signing Liam Scales from Shamrock Rovers.
He said: “I’m hearing Liam Scales is close to joining Celtic, heard first on Friday, but now hearing off a good source it’s close. Haven’t been told about fees etc.”
If Celtic can secure the addition of Scales in the coming days then Postecoglou will be delighted with the recruitment team’s work.
He challenged them to add more bodies to the playing squad and they are well and truly delivering this week.
Scales isn’t a well-known name but the 22-year-old would be a fantastic piece of business at presumably a low price.
A 6 foot 4 brute, the Irishman is a centre-back by trade and uses his enormous frame to bully attackers to one side with relative ease.
Though, he also has the ability to play at full-back or on the wing where his long levers aid his teams cause in offensive situations.
Crucial, however, is the balance he could bring to Postecoglou’s side. He’s a left-footed player and therefore, would give Celtic the ability to transition play from the back with greater ease.
A review from the Irish Examiner only emphasises how he’d fit into the starting XI. A passage on their website reads: “He’s always been good on the ball. He’s a very brave player who will take the ball in dangerous areas of the pitch. His speed has improved, which is a crucial attribute to have in modern football, and he is more aware of potential danger.”
Also described as the “hottest property” in Ireland’s top-flight by the Examiner, there are countless positives to this deal.
He’d cover multiple bases in defence which is crucial for a backline who have leaked goals on a regular basis in the last 12 months.