Manager talks up "obvious qualities" of young Celtic player out on loan

By Euan Davidson

February 4, 2022

Celtic youngster Adam Montgomery surely had his pick of loan clubs in January when Aberdeen came calling.

The Celtic left-back, who’s made 18 Hoops appearances this season, found himself third-choice after the return of Greg Taylor and the emergence of Liam Scales as a quality option. Still only 19, he’d have been a smart addition to any SPFL club, and it was Stephen Glass’ Aberdeen who chose to bring the Celtic youngster in on loan.

And Glass, who has former Celts Scott Brown and Johnny Hayes in his squad, has already praised the Hoops youngster, who’ll provide stern competition for Aberdeen’s own left-back choices. However, the versatility of Montgomery, who can play further up the pitch, gives the ex-Atlanta coach some real options.

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He’s also insisted that the starting left-back berth is up for grabs, so nobody in his Dons squad should be getting comfortable.

Glass said of Montgomery [Football Scotland]: “Adam adds real competition because he can play in multiple positions.

“He has obvious qualities.

“There are three players, plus Matty Kennedy, vying for that one position. There are a lot of players who are capable of playing in that position and it is important that competition is there.

“If we didn’t add Adam then it might have been too comfortable for some.

“They need to know they need to work hard to get in the team.”

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Celtic loan Bhoy Adam Montgomery has excellent opportunity at Aberdeen

Aberdeen may not be at their best this season, but there are still quality players there.

Celtic loan Bhoy Montgomery can rely on the expertise of Scott Brown, who he played alongside last season. There’s also Johnny Hayes, who knows about providing pace and width on the left flank for both Celtic and Aberdeen.

It may not have been the most impressive first half of the season for Aberdeen, but they’re very much in flux. Stephen Glass replaced Derek McInnes, and tried to adopt an entirely new footballing outlook at Pittodrie. They’re still a top-six side, and just four points off 4th spot with a game in hand [BBC].

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If Montgomery can help to spark a rise up the table, then it’s nothing but good news for his CV. It’s probably better for him, development-wise, than scrapping it out in a relegation fight. And it’s certainly more conducive to progress than being third-choice at Celtic, for the time being.

A fast, rugged and gifted player, Montgomery has shown real flashes of quality in the Green and White. He’s put on some good performances, including in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Ferencvaros, and there’s plenty of potential there.

Now, he and his “obvious qualities” have a chance to make a mark elsewhere, and bring positive momentum back to Lennoxtown in the summer.

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