Adam Montgomery hailed by Ange Postecoglou after big Celtic assist yesterday
Celtic youngster Adam Montgomery has been picked out for praise by Ange Postecoglou after a big match-winning assist yesterday.
In the absence of Greg Taylor, Montgomery has been the man responsible for Celtic’s left-back role. The Lennoxtown academy graduate has plenty of development left in him, but he’s shown promising signs in the early stages of the campaign.
Montgomery was thrown in at the deep end on Thursday night against Bayer Leverkusen. However, he stepped up massively yesterday as his cross led to Jota’s winning goal at Pittodrie.
And Postecoglou, who isn’t one for picking players out, has reserved some post-match praise for him.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, the manager said: “For him and Tony Ralston this is their first sort of steps in senior football for Celtic. We knew it was going to be tough going for Monty this year. With Greg Taylor out and Liam Scales not quite ready yet he was the one that we were going to rely on.
“We had some challenging opponents. They were physical and we had to put in a physical battle, but you see the quality in the front third and he showed tremendous composure.
“It was a simple pass across the goal, but at the end of the game when you need to win he showed that composure. He is a very talented young player and hopefully he continues to do that.”
Adam Montgomery clearly impressing Ange Postecoglou early on
Montgomery has managed to make the left-back spot his own in Taylor’s absence. Granted, it remains to be seen whether Postecoglou sticks with him when Greg recovers.
But who could’ve foreseen this level of progress at the end of last season? Montgomery made a couple of cameos under John Kennedy during his interim reign in charge. But that was it. Whilst we had hoped for some more minutes for him this season, he’s already exceeding expectations.
At only 19 years of age, he now has European football to his name as well as a Scotland U21 cap. Not to mention he looks like the man being primed to take over the left-back spot in the long run.
He produced for us yesterday. Not only with his clever assist, but in terms of his all-round performance. There’s a reason that Jonny Hayes didn’t get much joy. Montgomery had him well marshalled.
But at Celtic, it’s all about consistency. Montgomery can’t afford to go off the boil at any stage in Taylor’s absence. We need him as sharp as possible.
Hopefully the international break allows him to continue his momentum with the Scotland U21s. As for the season so far? No doubt he’ll be delighted with what he’s bringing to the party.