Ange Postecoglou states no Celtic left-back should believe they're first-choice

By David Walton

October 24, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that no left-back at Celtic should believe that they’re first choice as he continues to rotate regularly in the position.

Over the last 3 games, Celtic have featured 3 different left-back options. Boli Bolingoli featured in last weekend’s 2-0 win at Motherwell. Adam Montgomery took his place in the Europa League match against Ferencvaros. Then it was the turn of Josip Juranovic to feature as we swept aside St Johnstone yesterday.

It all ended in the same result – a Celtic victory with a solid enough performance from the left-backs. Even Liam Scales got a runout in the Europa League clash too.

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Montgomery has been playing more regularly than the others in recent times, but Postecoglou has provided the youngster with a brutal reality check as he stated nobody is first-choice at the moment.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Postecoglou said: “I’d hate to think anyone thinks they’re first choice, especially not a 19-year-old like Adam in his first season.

“We also have Liam Scales and Josip Juranovic is fit again so we have options.”

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Celtic left-back spot remains up for grabs

Since Greg Taylor’s injury, it’s fair to say nobody has really been able to cement their place as his main replacement. Whilst we’ve had a stream of solid enough displays, we can’t pretend that any single player has particularly shone in his absence.

That’s a touch disappointing in truth. Many will argue that Celtic already needed an upgrade on Taylor in any case. So to see such a struggle for someone to step up to the plate and replace him has been a touch underwhelming.

That’s not to say someone won’t in the coming weeks. Montgomery could very well be the long-term future of the position. Alternatively, Scales could be ready to start putting his name forward in the coming weeks. Let’s not forget about Boli either.

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Postecoglou will just be delighted to have a host of options at his disposal in any case. Celtic won’t ever be found wanting in that area of the pitch, and that’s not something you can say about every position in the squad at the moment.

Even now it looks as though Postecoglou isn’t quite sure who he favours. With Juranovic back fit, it’ll be interesting to see how often he’s deployed on the left instead of his preferred right-back spot.

But for now, nobody has made the spot their own. That’s the message Ange is clearly sending out to his players.

In other news, Celtic players’ passionate reaction to St Johnstone flashpoint was a big moment