LIAM SCALES could be in line for a first senior cap for the Republic of Ireland after being called up by Stephen Kenny for a pair of UEFA Nations League games.
The Boys in Green travel to Glasgow to face Scotland on September 24, looking to reenact their earlier 3-0 win over the same side in Dublin back in June, before returning to the Aviva Stadium to face Armenia, who beat Stephen Kenny’s men last time out.
Scales has been called into the 24-man panel following the forced withdrawal of Andrew Omobamidele. The Norwich City defender suffered a groin injury in the Canaries’ 1-1 draw with West Brom over the weekend.
It is the former Arklow Town star’s second call-up for the senior team and comes amid a promising loan move to Aberdeen.
The 24-year-old moved to the Pittodrie over the summer from Celtic, for whom he had signed from Shamrock Rovers in August 2021, and has made 13 appearances for Jim Goodwin’s side so far this season.
This will be the second time Scales has linked up with the senior team.
Shortly after his move to Celtic, he was brought into the squad for a pair of World Cup qualifiers in September 2021.
He made the bench for their 1-1 draw with Serbia on September 7, having not made the matchday squad for the draw against Azerbaijan three days earlier. He will be more confident of getting a run out considering his positive form with Aberdeen, however.
He also has priors with Stephen Kenny. He won six caps for the prodigious Ireland U21 side which also included the likes of Adam Idah, Troy Parrott, Aaron Connolly, Gavin Bazunu, Jayson Molumby, Jason Knight, and Nathan Collins – all of whom have gone on to be senior Ireland internationals – when the former Dundalk manager was in charge.