Adam Montgomery made his Celtic debut tonight, and it’s fair to say that he left us all itching to see more.
Debuts for academy starlets are always sink or swim scenarios. Tonight’s game against St Johnstone at Celtic Park may have had the tag of a meaningless game. But for Montgomery, the nerves were surely going in the minutes leading up to kick-off.
Given his position is at left-back, comparisons to Kieran Tierney will always be made. But for a debut, he can be extremely pleased with what he produced in the 4-0 win tonight as he bagged 60 minutes.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Montgomery’s play this evening was his composure and comfortability on the ball. He was happy to bomb forward consistently and help give Mohamed Elyounoussi some help in the final third. By doing that, he was able to showcase his pace and abilty to get to the byline.
In addition to that, he seemed to have good chemistry with those around him. He wasn’t keen on playing the easy passes and ensuring he was mistake-free. Montgomery was happy to play the risky ball if it meant Celtic would be in a better position because of it.
Montgomery didn’t show Celtic fans too many weaknesses
It’s difficult to even pinpoint meany negatives with Montgomery’s game tonight. Especially for a youngster making his Celtic debut in what will have been one of if not the biggest day of his life.
The only thing you would say that stood out in a negative sense was the fact he was beaten on the odd occasion by Craig Conway. But he was up against an experienced and lively Premiership opposition player today. He was always going to be beaten on one or two occasions. The way he bounced back from any rare negative moment was pleasing to see.
Montgomery has done all he can to put himself in the spotlight ahead of Saturday’s game against Hibernian at Easter Road. He’ll certainly make the headlines for how easily he adapted to senior football tonight.
It remains to be seen if Kennedy throws him in for the final game on Saturday. Up against the likes of Martin Boyle would be a major step-up of course. It’s down to the management to determine whether Adam would be ready for that so soon.
But as for tonight, it was a resounding success for the youngster. Here’s a look at how supporters reacted as they finally got something to look forward to regarding next season:
Early days, and lots to learn, but I like the look of Adam Montgomery so far. Ajer’s constantly coaching him through what position he needs to be in as you’d expect, but his movement in attack’s been decent so far. Couple of good challenges in as well.
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) May 12, 2021
Not saying Montgomery is better than Tierney but I'm no saying he isn't 🤣😂
— Liam McKechnie 45%* (@maleymck88) May 12, 2021
Really impressed with Celtic tonight more expression and directness to our play everyone seems keen to get involved,Montgomery and Welsh have been impressive 👌🍀
— Aaron Welsh (@Jaffa1978) May 12, 2021
Impressive first half from Montgomery, good awareness of the game and plays with his head up.
Good to see .
— Highland__Paddy (@Highland__paddy) May 12, 2021
Montgomery looks like he has potential. I see more in him now than I saw in Tierney in his first few games and we all know how he developed.
— The Celtic Way (@TheCelticWay3) May 12, 2021
Biggest praise I can give is that young Montgomery looked better than all the left backs we’ve had this season – well done 🍀
— Pol MacFhionnghaile 🇮🇪🏴 (@mcginleybhoy) May 12, 2021
Montgomery has been good so far tbf, can’t wait to see him play his next game in about 16 months
— Lenn💫n (@_Lennon1967) May 12, 2021
2 more games like this and Montgomery could be SPFL young player of the year.
— Henrik (@HenrikVegetable) May 12, 2021
Montgomery burns up and down the left side well, like the look of him
— Barry McCann (@Bazzinho9) May 12, 2021