Adam Montgomery has admitted that he’s been left stunned with his “surreal” Celtic Park experience over the last week.
Montgomery was one of the rare academy starlets actually given some senior minutes in the last week. Only he and Karamoko Dembele have featured from the academy, with the former putting in a superb hour against St Johnstone. He would then bag 10 minutes at Easter Road yesterday despite clearly being capable of featuring for longer.
The Celtic fans were certainly left impressed with what Montgomery had to offer against Saints in particular. In Scott Brown’s final game at Celtic Park, Montgomery was a real lively outlet down the left. His bombing runs forward help create some space for Mohamed Elyounoussi to exploit, with the pair working well together.
However, the young left-back is simply enjoying the moment instead of worrying about why he didn’t start vs Hibs. As quoted by the Scotsman, he’s been talking up his superb experience of Parkhead on Wednesday night.
“I was honoured”
“We don’t know exactly what is going on right now with a new manager and so on, but being able to play before the end of the season was always a goal of mine, no matter who was in charge for next year. I’m delighted with that.
“It was an unforgettable experience for me and my family and I was honoured to play a part in the game – it was surreal to be part of Broony’s [Scott Brown] last home game. I was told the day before so I was just getting myself ready and prepared. My family just had to watch the game through the stream but with everything going that was fine by me.
“I feel like I have worked hard in training and deserved an opportunity. I was grateful to get that and hope I can kick on from here – I know I’m lucky. There are a lot of people at other clubs, not just at Celtic, that are struggling to play games right now. But with everything that’s going on in the world there are bigger things to focus on that football right now.”
Adam Montgomery has done Celtic chances no harm for pre-season
When the new manager comes in and looks at the Youth Academy, Montgomery will now be at the top of the list. After making an appearance against St Johnstone, that’s a sign that he’s one of the next to breakthrough and cement a place in the side.
We could certainly use an emergence at left-back too. We haven’t recruited well in the position in recent years, with Boli Bolingoli and Diego Laxalt failing to be what we need. Only Greg Taylor can claim any relative success.
Montgomery has done his chances no harm of being in the new manager’s pre-season plans. The new boss, and let’s hope it’s Eddie Howe, will surely have been watching our final two games of the season. He’ll have seen what Montgomery is capable of and will surely be interested in using him further next season.
What can’t be allowed to happen is that we all just forget about the youngster. We can’t be waiting 12 months before we see him make another appearance. At 18, he needs to be playing football regularly. He’s yet to show that he can’t do a turn next season for us as a back-up option.
Granted, it was only one game. That’s exactly why the new man will need to take a look in pre-season. See how the youngster copes in pre-season matches and whether he can handle some of our more routine domestic matches. He suggested that won’t be a problem with his display against St Johnstone.
Here’s hoping his career only goes from strength to strength.