Celtic talent Adam Montgomery names the Lennoxtown coaches who've helped his development most

By John McGinley

July 12, 2021

Celtic youngster Adam Montgomery is on the cusp of a major first-team breakthrough at the club.

After initially getting some minutes under interim boss John Kennedy last season, he’s now heavily involved in the group training under Ange Postecoglou.

With the new Celtic boss already stating his commitment to giving young players chances, Montgomery now has a massive few months ahead.

Still just 18, Montgomery has already been at Celtic for years. He’s been speaking a bit about his development path at Lennoxtown to the media over the weekend.

He’s also named a couple of coaches who have helped him most over the years.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Montgomery said: “I have been at Celtic since I was six or seven, so pretty much my whole life. I’ve never been at any other clubs. I just came through the whole academy.

“I would probably say Darren O’Dea has been my biggest influence. He was the one who decided to put me at left-back, so he’s had a massive effect on my career.

“Stephen McManus has been with the first team for a while now, and he has had a massive effect on the club. Greig Robertson too. I had him from under-14s to 18s.

“Now a new gaffer has come in and everybody is trying to impress. I just have to keep working hard and see how it goes.”

His comments here are interesting and it’s positive to hear good feedback on club figures such as O’Dea, Former captain Stephen McManus is also heavily involved at Lennoxtown after joining the club in 2019.

Montgomery is indeed poised to progress at left-back, having initially been utilised as an attacker.

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His big icon is Kieran Tierney, who took Celtic by storm after coming through the Academy.

Tierney has already given Montgomery his support, as we discussed earlier this month.

The youngster was understandably delighted by Tierney’s comments.

Obviously, no-one should be putting pressure on him to become a £25m player, but hopes will be high for Montgomery and we’ll be watching his progress closely.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou fully focused on short-term at Celtic; no director of football discussions, for now.