John Kennedy discusses Adam Montgomery decision as Celtic youngster makes debut

By David Walton

May 12, 2021

Interim boss John Kennedy has explained his decision to give Adam Montgomery his Celtic debut tonight.

The Lennoxtown academy youngster has been training with the first team for several months as he looks to make an impression. He’s managed to make four matchday squads this season including the Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers last month.

However, with Celtic left with nothing to play for in the final two games of the season, Montgomery has been given an opportunity tonight. The striker-turned-left-back has been included in the side ahead of the likes of Diego Laxalt and Greg Taylor to face St Johnstone.

And speaking on BBC Sportsound about the decision [BBC Radio Scotland, 12/05, 17:52], Kennedy said the following:

“It’s exciting because I’ve been there as a young player myself as well. And sometimes you just need that opportunity.

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“The way the fixtures have fallen with such big gaps and the Rangers game around, it’s been difficult to probably get an opening for him. But he’s trained with us for a number of months now and he’s really impressed on the training pitch.

We’re looking forward to seeing what he does in the game.”

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So Montgomery is getting his big chance to impress tonight, and what an opportunity this is for him. Celtic are going to have a major shortage in the left-back area next season. This is a chance for him to make himself known to the supporters.

An eye-catching display and fans will be crying out for him to get another shot. Potentially even this Saturday at Easter Road. That’s what it’s all about tonight, making an impression.

It’s disappointing, however, that we haven’t seen more changes to the starting line-up. Karamoko Dembele is the only other current academy youngster in the squad. It would’ve been ideal to see a couple more involved. Hopefully, we see Karamoko be given a shot at some stage in the second half.

Adam Montgomery (L), Cameron Harper and Luca Connell during a Celtic training session at Lennoxtown / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The same goes for the likes of Albian Ajeti, Mikey Johnston, and Ismaila Soro. When Kennedy stated that he was going to use his entire squad over the next two games, you would’ve thought some of the more fringe men would’ve started this evening.

So Montgomery should take heart from the fact he’s been given a spot tonight. At only the tender age of 18, it’s a massive shot in the arm for him and shows what the club thinks of him.

So far, he isn’t letting anyone down either.

In other news, take a look at how the fans reacted to Kennedy’s line-up tonight.