FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon reckons it makes sense for Liam Scales to quit the champions and return to Aberdeen.

The versatile Republic of Ireland defender spent last season on loan at Pittodrie where gaffer Barry Robson would welcome him back for the new campaign.

Scales, who was one of Ange Postecoglou’s first buys for the club when the player arrived on a £600,000 switch from Shamrock Rovers in August 2021, is one of 13 Hoops stars who was moved out on loan last term.

The centre-half or left-back is due back at Lennoxtown today as Brendan Rodgers takes charge of his squad for the first time since succeeding the Greek-Australian who left for Spurs 48 hours after the Scottish Cup Final triumph over Inverness Caley Thistle on June 3.

PICK IT OUT…Liam Scales scores one of his three Celtic goals in his debut campaign as he leaves Dundee United keeper Benji Siegrist helpless in the visitor’s 3-0 win at Tannadice on December 5 2021.

Twenty-four-year-old Scales – and other loanees such as Mikey Johnston, Adam Montgomery and Albian Ajeti – could discover what the future holds in store when they meet the Irishman for pre-season training, as CQN reported yesterday.

History Bhoy Lennon, the only individual in the club’s glorious past to win the treble as a player AND manager, insists the back-four operator’s long-term future could lie in the north east with the Dons.

The one-time club captain at Parkhead said: “I’m sure Barry Robson would love to have Liam back at Pittodrie.

“He offers balance at the back and versatility because he can play left centre-half in a four, left centre-back in a three or left-back.

“Liam’s still a young player and the experience he had with Aberdeen last season will have been invaluable – bad times and good times. At his age, it’s really important to get valuable game time and he got that with Aberdeen and delivered with his performances.”

IN WITH A SHOUT…Neil Lennon reckons Liam Scales would be better off at Aberdeen.

Lennon, speaking to the Press and Journal, added: “It’s really about what Celtic want to do – does he go back out on loan to Aberdeen or somewhere else or does he fight for his place at Celtic?

“There’s massive competition at Celtic with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt the first-choice pairing and there is every chance Brendan Rodgers will make signings in the defensive area.

“So, as a young player, you want to be playing. I think it’s important he gets regular football.

“It makes sense to me for Liam to go back to Aberdeen. He knows the set-up and he played well under Barry Robson.”

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