Liam Scales says he's keeping his mind on matters between the white lines as speculation persists about a move away from Shamrock Rovers.

The 23-year-old defender celebrated his birthday in style on Sunday, scoring a late winner for the Hoops in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division victory over bottom club Longford Town.

But his future at Tallaght isn't clear, with strong rumours of a move to Glasgow to join giants Celtic for a reported fee of €500,000.

Arklow native Scales tells the RTÉ Soccer Podcast that he's trying to keep the noise out ahead of any potential switch to Scotland.

"I just want to keep playing games until whatever move is done," he said.

"That's the way I've been approaching it – until I'm not a Rovers player I'm going to do everything I can here. I want to be in the team every week still.

"I need to stay focused and stay grounded."

Scales has experience of deals falling through before.

When he was playing with UCD during their ill-fated season in the top flight in 2019, a move to Bristol Rovers fell through after Fleetwood Town got involved in pursuing him.

After nearly two months, Scales was back playing for College where he finished out the season.

"I have representation and the club are looking after it," he continued.

"I just keep away from it because I've had times in the past where that sort of stuff has disrupted my performances.

"So I'm happy just to stay away from it. If there's news I'll be told; if there's not I'll just let it keep going on in the background while I keep playing my football."

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