Celtic manager Postecoglou tips Adam Montgomery for big future
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was left extremely impressed again by Academy graduate Adam Montgomery.
Montgomery played the majority of the game from left-back, in the place of Scotland international Greg Taylor. A fine job he did, too, providing real attacking impetus, getting into central areas, and giving Jota freedom to roam further up.
There’s obvious and justifiable excitement about the 19-year-old, who started his Academy training as an attacking winger, or a striker.
Moved over to left-back last season, he made his debut under John Kennedy. Under Postecoglou, he’s only got better. Having played a key role in the win over Raith Rovers, the Celtic boss was delighted with his impact.
Postecoglou said [Celtic FC]:
“Yeah, he’s been very good. I mean that’s the first time we’ve sort of started him in his rightful position. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep him there for the whole game.
“But he shows a lot of promise. Good thing about Monty, is that he’s constantly wanting to learn. He really has got enormous self-belief, irrespective of his years, or his age.
“He’s one that’s got a bright future ahead of him.”
Adam Montgomery delighting Celtic fans and Postecoglou
Having a left-sided defender who can rove up and down the flank is most assuredly a good thing.
Yet, despite the obvious comparisons that can be made, fans don’t seem to want to put pressure on the youngster. The name of Kieran Tierney has emerged far less than anyone might’ve reasonably expected.
If he keeps up the performances, though, he might enjoy a similar trajectory. Talented on the ball, Montgomery certainly has defensive aspects to work on, but he’s a player that’s winning plenty of plaudits.
In the latter stage of the game, Liam Scales came on at left-back, with Montgomery moving further up the pitch. That, too, looked promising, and he’s the kind of player who gives the manager more options, tactically.
That self-belief and willingness to learn means he’s perfect fodder for Postecoglou.
Whether he can permanently unseat Taylor at left back is another discussion. For now, though, “Monty” really is impressing, and fans are surely keen to see him start for us more often.