Kieran Tierney is excited by what he's heard about Celtic academy talent

By John McGinley

June 28, 2021

Former Celtic star Kieran Tierney has been hearing good things about Adam Montgomery and is hoping the youngster can follow in his footsteps at the Bhoys.

Tierney is on a high having just starred for his country at a major tournament. The defender has also signed a lucrative new contract at Arsenal.

He’s had an incredible rise in the game. But it all started with humble beginnings working hard within the Celtic academy set-up.

Given a big chance by Ronny Deila, the left-back never looked back. Now he has advised Montgomery to give it everything and push for the Bhoys first-team.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Tierney said: “I saw that John Kennedy was talking about Adam Montgomery, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about him. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see his debut. But I know from speaking to Kendo and Greg Taylor at Celtic that he’s a good talent and a decent boy too. I wish him all the best.

“It’s always great to see someone come through the Celtic academy. It was special for me to come through the ranks to the first team. Now, Adam’s got a chance of progressing, and I’d love to see him get more games and push for a place.

“All I’d advise him to do is enjoy everything. From what I’ve heard he’s a good enough player and a lad with the right attitude. It’s really important when you’re going into the first team environment that you get on with everyone, and you enjoy your work.

“I’m sure all the boys at Celtic will be looking after young Adam. What I swore by as a young boy was working really hard. That’s all you can do. And don’t leave yourself with any regrets on that side of things.”

Adam Montgomery could get chances under Postecoglou at Celtic

Montgomery impressed in his first start against St Johnstone. Given that new boss Ange Postecoglou has already spoken about being willing to give young players opportunities, it stands to reason Montgomery will be a part of the first-team squad next season.

Celtic youngster Adam Montgomery / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

How involved he is will be up to him, as Tierney alludes to. Greg Taylor will provide competition, while there is still the possibility of buying in another left-back.

However, I think many Celtic fans would settle for giving the 18-year-old a chance. The initial signs are certainly good. Now it’s time to see whether he can find consistency and has the physical capacity to play a full schedule of games.

With Tierney’s endorsement, he’s well placed to shine.

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