Adam Montgomery explains his best position after Celtic role against Charlton
Adam Montgomery has stated that his favoured position is at left-back despite playing higher up for Celtic against Charlton Athletic yesterday.
Montgomery was given his second pre-season outing in two games as he featured for the vast majority of the contest.
Interestingly, he played further up as a left-winger in the first 45 before reverting back to his left-back role in the second half. Montgomery also ended the 2019/20 campaign with two appearances at full-back.
And whilst acknowledging his happiness and comfortability to play higher up, the youngster states he’s at his happiest at left-back.
Speaking to Celtic TV, Montgomery said: “First half I enjoyed playing left wing, a bit further forward, and then second half back to left-back, so it was a good run out.
“I enjoy both – I would say my preference is probably left-back now after playing it a bit more, but I can do either or. I was a left-winger since growing up so I have still got that in my game and I can still play that position but, with the way we are starting to play now, I think left-backs will be attacking much more, so I can bring that to my game from further back on the pitch.
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“Last season one of my goals was to try to get a debut and break in before the end of the season. This season I will continue to work hard and see where that takes me.”
Adam Montgomery could be set for a breakthrough season at Celtic
In recent years the likes of Nir Bitton and Kris Ajer have found out just how important versatility can be at Celtic. Now, Montgomery may be about to find out just how advantageous it can be.
Celtic have a dearth of left-wing talent available to them at the moment. Outside of Mikey Johnston, the Hoops are badly needing reinforcements at left-mid. Mohamed Elyounoussi has yet to be replaced, and there are real question marks over whether he even will be.
This could help Montgomery get some more time to shine. Whilst Johnston will continue to be first choice at left-wing, or at least he should be, Montgomery should get more opportunities in and around the squad given he’s the only viable option capable of playing in the same role.
Not that there aren’t opportunities for him at left-back either. Greg Taylor is ahead of him in the pecking order there, but there remains big question marks over the long-term future of Boli Bolingoli. If he were to depart, again Montgomery would find himself as the first reserve.
He’s in a brilliant position ahead of the new campaign. It remains to be seen which areas Celtic strengthen in, but Adam has a terrific opportunity to burst onto the scene here.
With youngsters knowing that chances will arrive should they impress Ange Postecoglou, it couldn’t be a more exciting time for the academy prospects.