Callum Davidson reveals what has impressed him most about 'fantastic' Celtic prospect

By Lewis Laird

June 29, 2022

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has expressed his delight at signing Celtic youngster Adam Montgomery on loan.

Montgomery is seen as a highly rated prospect at Parkhead, having featured for Ange Postecoglou’s first team last campaign.

The left-sided defender also spent time out on loan towards the back end of the 2022/23 campaign, heading north and playing under both Stephen Glass and Jim Goodwin at Pittodrie.

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With minutes unlikely to come Montgomery’s way next season, many supporters speculated that another loan spell would be the best option for the youngster’s development.

On Tuesday evening, it was announced that the Lennoxtown academy graduate would be joining fellow Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone, on loan until January.

Speaking to the press after securing the Celtic player’s services, Saints boss Callum Davidson revealed his delight at signing Montgomery for the first half of next season.

Davidson insisted that the Scotland under-21 internationalist had what it takes to succeed at McDiarmid Park before returning an even better player at Celtic.

He said [Sun Sport]: “He is a fantastic young prospect who has played in some big games for Celtic.

“Callum Booth and Tony Gallacher are both out for the foreseeable future, so I felt we needed someone to come in to play on the left-hand side.

“Speaking to him, I was really impressed with his hunger and desire to be playing football.

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“He’s had a taste of it playing at Celtic then with Aberdeen last season, although he spent some of his time up there injured.

“I think it’s good he was out on loan elsewhere, so he’s had a taste of life away from Celtic already and knows what it’s like moving from that environment to another club.

“I think he has got all the attributes to be successful here and then go back to Celtic, a much better player.”

Move to Saints could be important move for Montgomery.

Whilst Montgomery has experience of a loan spell at Aberdeen, his time at Pittodrie was mostly hindered by injury issues between February and May.

So, a fresh loan spell with the Saints could be significant for the youngster’s development.

Postecoglou is clearly a fan of the player, having handed him the opportunity in some huge games, such as Europa League group stage fixtures.

However, the Celtic manager also sees that a loan spell is extremely important to earn consistent minutes and get more experience of playing at the top level in Scotland.

Who knows, maybe the 56-year-old even has plans to use Montgomery in the second half of the season upon his arrival back at Parkhead in January, after he has hopefully had a productive time working under Callum Davidson.

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