Report: Celtic defender Adam Montgomery joins Hoops loan list

By Euan Davidson

January 14, 2022

Adam Montgomery is set for a loan move out of Celtic for the second half of the season, according to a report.

The Daily Record believe that Montgomery, who’s starred in various competitions for the Hoops this season, is looking elsewhere for imminent opportunities. Montgomery was important at the start of the season, and has amassed 877 minutes in 18 appearances for the Hoops in 21-22 [Transfermarkt].

Undoubtedly skilled but still raw, Montgomery is behind Greg Taylor and Liam Scales in Celtic’s left-back rotation. The converted forward has excellent pace, and a decent reading of the game. But at 19, more first-team football would expedite his development significantly.

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The report states that Montgomery is well-placed to push for more first-team minutes next season. However, in the short-term, the maurading left-back could use some experience at SPFL or even EFL level. It’s something that’s massively benefitted some of his fellow Academy graduates.

Scott Robertson is impressing at Crewe Alexandra, while Ross Doohan is statistically one of the EFL’s better goalkeepers. He’s at Tranmere Rovers.

It’s hoped, then, that Montgomery can make similar strides. While first-team experience thus far has served him well, he’s unlikely to topple Taylor or Scales.

Boli Bolingoli, meanwhile, will surely leave the club if a suitable offer comes in.

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Loan move makes perfect sense for Celtic left-back Adam Montgomery

For what it’s worth, I think Montgomery is a star in the making for Celtic. He has natural pace, surprising strength and the urge to progress the ball and be adventurous with it. It’s worth remembering that the Kyogo goal against Ferencvaros at Celtic Park was in large part down to Montgomery.

He’s been hot and cold in his appearances for Celtic, but that’s par for the course. Given his age, it’d be remarkable if he was ultra-consistent for the Hoops.

That’s why a loan move makes perfect sense. He has the talent and ability. At this stage, it’s about harnessing what’s best about his game, and ensuring he can progress to challenge Taylor and Scales next season. Ange Postecoglou has already been emphatic about wanting Academy players to make the step up.

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While it was John Kennedy, not Ange, who gave Montgomery his debut, the new boss is clearly impressed.

Loan moves have been a big part of the Celtic strategy this transfer window. Liam Shaw has moved to Motherwell for the rest of 21-22. Meanwhile, Celtic are believed to be fielding offers for Osaze Urhoghide.

If these players aren’t getting minutes, developing elsewhere is absolutely vital.

Ange understands that, and he knows he has a potential starter in Adam Montgomery.

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