CELTIC’S on-loan defender Liam Scales may get the opportunity to go head to head again with Ryan Porteous at Hampden on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Hoops defender was red-carded after a first-half clash with the Hibs centre-back in Aberdeen’s 3-1 loss in Edinburgh at the weekend.

Dons boss Jim Goodwin was raging after the controversial flashpoint and insisted referee David Dickinson had bought it “hook, line and sinker” when he awarded the Easter Road club a penalty-kick after a coming-together with the players, as CQN reported.

SEEING RED…Liam Scales is sent off by referee David Dickinson after a clash with Ryan Porteous in a controversial moment in Aberdeen’s 3-1 loss to Hibs at Easter Road. 

Scales, who agreed a season-long temporary switch to Pittodrie in the summer, has been brought into the Republic of Ireland international squad for the UEFA Nations League encounter with Scotland at the weekend.

The versatile back-four operator, who cost the Hoops £600,000 when he joined from Shamrock Rovers in August last year, has replaced injured Norwich City star Andrew Omobamidele for the match against Steve Clarke’s men and the home game against Armenia a week today, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

SHOUTING MATCH…Ryan Porteous was slammed by irate Dons boss Jim Goodwin after his antics on Saturday.

Scales, who represented his country at Under-21 level, was selected for Stephen Kenny’s squad a year ago for the 1-1 draw with Serbia, but failed to get off the bench.

The defender, who can also play left-back, had just been booked before match official Dickinson produced the yellow card to banish him following his tussle with Porteous who is in the Scots pool for the triple-header against the Irish and Ukraine.

Clarke’s side take on the Ukrainians at Hampden tomorrow night, followed by Scales and Co on Saturday and then Ukraine again in Krakow a week today.

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