Liam Scales during a Shamrock Rovers training session ahead of the Europa Conference League play-off. Photo by Seb Daly / Sportsfile
SHAMROCK Rovers defender Liam Scales is next up for the left full-back position with the Irish senior team, manager Stephen Kenny revealed. </ And the Ireland boss also believes that Scales, who is about to move to Celtic, and Dundalk man Michael Duffy could be called up in the next week, depending on the injury situation, as the republic in three World Cup qualifiers in six days Dundalk has Sonny Nattestad (Faroe Islands) and Raivis Jurkovskis (Lativa) with their national teams next week, but they could also lose Duffy for next week's important league game against Waterford if he gets a nod from Kenny.
Kenny has previously added resident players such as Danny Mandroiu, Graham Burke and Aaron McEneff to his squad, despite the fact that the former Dundalk boss was head of the team he team does not yet have to enter a current league of Ireland. Scales and Duffy were close to making the cut for the 25-man squad this week and stand by, Scales an option on left-back as Enda Stevens is injured.
“James McClean and Ryan Manning have Obviously played a lot of games in this position. It’s a new position for Liam, left full-back. He’s always been a left center-back. I actually played him against Italy with the left-back U21. So he did really well at Shamrock Rovers this year developed and scored some very good goals. He’s probably next there, Ryan Manning has done very well in this position for Swansea for some time.
“Michael Duffy is the other one who pushes hard and is very close to the squad was. He could still play through the three games, depending on how things go. “
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