Jim Goodwin reckons there’s no reason why Aberdeen can’t re-enter talks with Celtic over a permanent move for Liam Scales in January.

The Dons were eager to take the Irishman to Granite City on a long-term deal in the summer, but the Hoops insisted on letting the defender leave on loan.

Scales, 24, has impressed in the Aberdeen backline so far this term and Goodwin has admitted he is someone he would be keen to bring on a permanent basis.

"There's nothing to suggest that we won't enter into conversation with Celtic again in January to see if we can make it more of a permanent fixture but for the time being it's a loan," he told Aberdeen Live

"He's a fantastic player, he's doing great, he's very consistent in his performances which is all you want. For the time being he is very much our player."

"We knew the type of boy we were getting anyway.

"He's not one that's got a big ego. he's happy to come in and get on with things. Not only is he good around the place, within the dressing room. He's also a very, very good player and that's why we pushed so hard to bring him here."

Scales is evidently held in high regard at Pittodrie and Goodwin believes that should the defender continue his impressive performances, he can gain his first international cap with Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland side.

Goodwin added: "Liam has come here to play regular first-team football something he didn't quite manage last season at Celtic.

"I've got to take my hat off to him it's easy for these younger players to sit at the big clubs and be part of the squads and enjoy big European nights.

“Liam wants to come play week-in-week-out to give himself the best opportunity to try and force his way into the international set-up with Stephen Kenny.

"Performances like last weekend against St Johnstone will go a long way in helping him achieve that."