CELTIC defender Liam Scales has been called up to the Ireland national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The Hoops defender has been added to the squad for the matches against Azerbaijan and Qatar.

Scales comes into the squad after Swansea's Ryan Manning dropped out through injury.

The defender, 23, has so far only made one appearance for Celtic after joining from Shamrock Rovers.

He was handed his debut from the bench in the 3-0 win over Raith Rovers in the Premier Sports Cup match last month.

If Scales was to play for Ireland it would be his first cap for his country, he does however have six under-21 caps.