Celtic loanee Adam Montgomery suffers hamstring injury at Aberdeen; out for several weeks
Celtic left-back Adam Montgomery has suffered a hamstring injury on loan at Aberdeen, and won’t be available for the next few weeks.
The Parkhead talent had to come off in added time during the Dons’ 1-1 draw with Dundee United at Pittodrie on Saturday. Jim Goodwin stated earlier this week that he hoped the injury was nothing more than cramp and that he would be back in a few days [Press and Journal].
Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case whatsoever. Instead, Adam appears to have suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out for an extended period. BBC journalist Ben Phillip reported the news on Twitter after speaking with Goodwin:
It’s a big blow for Montgomery considering he was starting to make an impression under the new manager. Adam started and bagged an assist in Goodwin’s debut match against Motherwell. And after bagging another start on Saturday, it looked like he was in for a strong finish to the season.
Instead, it will now be the case that he’ll have to miss some of the Dons’ final 10 fixtures of the Premiership season. With Aberdeen out of the Scottish Cup, it won’t leave him with many matches in which to make a sizeable impact when he does return.
Montgomery clearly has a big fan in Ange Postecoglou, who labelled him a “very talented young player” earlier this season [Scottish Sun]. He’ll be hoping to make a swift recovery ahead of the run-in.
Adam Montgomery suffers disappointing injury blow
It’s a shame to see this happen to Adam just as it appeared he was finding some form for the Dons. With a bit of luck there’s still a role for him to play at Pittodrie before he comes back in the summer.
It’s been a bit of an up and down period for him in the Granite City so far this season too. He’s only made 5 appearances for his loan club whilst also having to go through managerial change. Not to mention the fact that he was starting to impress supporters after a slow start.
We’re now into March with the season finishing in just over 2 months time. In other words, we’re now at a stage of the season where there simply isn’t a lot of time left. Even if Montgomery took a few weeks to return to action, it would leave him with just over a month and a half to make any real sustained impact.
You get the feeling his time away from Parkhead won’t be over come the end of the current campaign. If Ange was looking for Adam to get more minutes at senior level, it’s likely he’ll still be looking for that to be the case next season.
It would be ideal to see how Montgomery fares out on loan for the duration of a full season too. A place where he can bag between 30 and 40 starts to his name. Only then will we see whether he’s ready to come back and make a big impact at Celtic Park.
Regardless, we all wish him the best and a speedy recovery as he looks to overcome his hamstring setback.