Celtic starlet Adam Montgomery's golden chance to become first-choice left-back
Celtic youngster Adam Montgomery has a terrific opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice left-back already.
The Hoops fans were given the news yesterday that Greg Taylor had undergone successful shoulder surgery. The Daily Record would report later that night that the Scotland international could be out for two months.
Therefore, a replacement is going to have to step up over an important period for the club. Whilst Taylor could be back for the December period and the rest of the campaign from there on, there are massive games coming up during his recovery period.
Celtic have European nights on the cards against Bayer Leverkusen and Ferencvaros (x2). We also have tough domestic away games on the cards against the likes of Aberdeen, Hibernian, and Motherwell to name but a few.
Throughout that period, Ange Postecoglou is going to have to stick to one solid option. Some will say that man could be Boli Bolingoli after his appearance against Livingston on Sunday. But considering he isn’t even part of the club’s Europa League squad, that looks highly unlikely.
Liam Scales is just in the door from Shamrock Rovers but has plenty to prove. Considering he wasn’t deemed ready for Sunday, it would be a bold move to suddenly just make him the first choice.
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Adam Montgomery appears ready for his big Celtic left-back chance
Montgomery, however, is waiting in the wings. The Scotland U21 international has had a superb start to the season. Celtic fans have been left impressed with all of his cameos, with Postecoglou handing him a start against Real Betis last week.
The Lennoxtown graduate can play at left-back or as a left-mid. But with Taylor injured for two months, he’s next in line. He’s played in nine of Celtic’s 14 games under the new boss also. Postecoglou clearly likes him, and he’s shown he’s cut out for the tough stuff too.
Remember, Montgomery was the left-back that managed to help snuff out AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands last month. Not to mention he shone in Betis and in his cameo at Ibrox. When it comes to heated environments, he’s building a reputation of a youngster that can be entrusted.
Celtic fans have long since wanted to see Montgomery get a run in the side. Now, it’s difficult to see who’s going to keep him out.
Whilst Postecoglou will want to protect his youngsters as much as possible, he’s also a vocal backer of “if they’re good enough, they’re old enough”. Montgomery falls into that bracket of player.
Time will tell whether Postecoglou gives Adam the opportunity he deserves. The chance to bag a run of games and make the left-wing spot his own. Even at only 19 years of age, he looks the part and appears ready to take the responsibility that was previously on Taylor’s shoulders.