BRENDAN RODGERS is still pondering the future of comeback Bhoy Liam Scales after his performance in the 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin yesterday.

The versatile 24-year-old defender formed a new-look partnership alongside Stephen Welsh in the middle of the rearguard with Carl Starfelt and Maik Nawrocki ruled out with ankle injuries.

Rodgers also decided against giving game time to Cameron Carter-Vickers who missed the remaining six games of the previous season after going under the knife to recrify a knee problem.

WATCHING BRIEF…Brendan Rodgers keeps an eye on the action in Dublin.

Also missing from the travelling pool of players was Japanese left-sided centre-back Yuki Kobayashi who will be sidelined until late August.

Scales answered the call and played the entire game against the English Premier League outfit and the Irishman showed the sort of form that persuaded the Hoops to fork out £600,000 to take him to Parkhead from Shamrock Rovers in August 2021.

A clearly impressed Rodgers admitted: “Liam’s excellent and I really like him. He’s an intelligent boy.

“He’s come over, obviously gone out to Aberdeen on loan and done really well. He’ll be at an age where he’ll want to play.

“I just think you need to have a strong squad. You have to make sure you have the depth there.”

Rodgers, speaking to The Scottish Sun, added: “I would think Aberdeen are keen to have him back.

“I’ve obviously had a couple of conversations with Barry.

“But we’re in no rush, I’ll just assess it and see where it is. We’ll take it from there.”

Scales in line to play his first game at Parkhead in over a year when the Hoops take on Spanish cracks Athletic Bilbao in James Forrest’s testimonial game on Tuesday night.


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