Ange Postecoglou credits Adam Montgomery as he pushes Celtic youth philosophy

By David Walton

September 26, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has hailed Celtic left-back Adam Montgomery as he pushed his philosophy of bringing through youth talent.

Montgomery has progressed brilliantly under Postecoglou in only three months. After ending last season with a couple of cameo appearances, he’s continued to see regular game-time both domestically and in Europe.

Postecoglou has shown real faith in Montgomery to give him 10 outings so far this term. And with Greg Taylor injured, there are question marks as to whether Adam could be the direct replacement.

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It remains to be seen if he’s thrown in for Dundee United today. However, Postecoglou was quick to big him up in the build-up.

As quoted by the National, Postecoglou said: “What is important for young players like Adam is that they continue on the path that they have started. He has done awfully well so far. On Thursday night we had two 19 years olds in the team because you forget that Liel Abada is only 19 as well. 

“Part of what we are trying to build is to give opportunities to young players and particularly to young players who come through the ranks here. 

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“Adam is one of those and he has done really well so far. He is a good kid, he has got his head down and he knows what he needs to do to continue on his trajectory.”

Adam Montgomery clearly impressing Ange Postecoglou early on

It won’t just be the Celtic manager who’s been taken aback by what Adam has had to offer early on. The Parkhead faithful have also been wowed with what they’ve seen of him.

At only 19, Montgomery looks every bit a future Celtic number one left-back. Efficient at one-v-one defending, itching to get forward, has a decent delivery, comfortable on the ball. He has the traits Postecoglou likes in a footballer.

Of course, that’s not to say the left-back slot is just waiting on him to take it. He has some fierce competition if he’s to take the spot. Liam Scales, for example, impressed in his debut against Raith Rovers. Boli Bolingoli didn’t do too badly at Livingston last week either. Not to mention Taylor won’t be out for the long-term.

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Not that the competition will have Montgomery quaking. He’s performed admirably in his appearances whenever called upon. He’s been thrown in against the likes of Rangers and AZ Alkmaar respectively. There’s clearly an admiration from the manager.

It will be interesting to see just how the Lennoxtown graduate progresses this season. At face value, he has all the tools to become a Celtic regular before the campaign is over.

At 19, the sky really is the limit for Adam. But these next months are vital for his development as he looks to convince the manager he’s the best left-back at Parkhead.

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