LIAM SCALES has been rewarded for his superb form for Celtic this season with a call-up to the Republic of Ireland Euro 24 squad.
The Hoops defender has accepted a pivotal role in the champions’ rearguard after answering an SOS following injuries to Cameron Carter-Vickers, Maik Nawrocki and Stephen Welsh.
Scales, who has yet to win a full senior cap, has been brought into the international squad by manager Stephen Kenny for the qualifiers against Greece and Gibraltar later this month.
ON THE BALL…Liam Scales has been a stand-out stand-in for Celtic this season.
Parkhead team-mate Mikey Johnston, who has yet to figure in Brendan Rodgers’ first team since returning from his season-long deal at Portuguese top-flight outfit Vitoria Guimaeres, has also been brought into the pool, according to a BBC report.
Former loan Celt Shane Duffy, who joined Norwich City from Brighton in the summer, is also included.
Twenty-five-year-old Scales hopes to make his debut at this level against the Greeks in Dublin a week tomorrow. The team then take on Gibraltar in Faro three days later.