It's time to give Adam Montgomery his big Celtic opportunity in Spain
Adam Montgomery answered the call from his manager once again yesterday, and now it’s time for him to be given a Celtic spot in Spain this week.
Indeed, for the eighth time this season, the newly-capped Scotland U21 international was called to feature from the bench against Ross County.
Montgomery came on and more or less played for the full second half. And at a time in the game when Celtic supporters were beginning to get frustrated as the Staggies continued to keep us out. It was a tense atmosphere as the second half rumbled on, but three goals in the final half-hour did the trick as the Bhoys ran out comfortable winners in the end.
Taylor, unfortunately, pulled up with another shoulder complaint. Manager Ange Postecoglou was unable to provide a detailed diagnosis on what went wrong or how long he’ll be out for [Daily Record].
But once again, Montgomery came on and in no way did it look like a downgrade. In fact, on the contrary, his link-up play with Jota was extremely impressive given it was only their first match together.
Adam Montgomery is ready for more than a Celtic cameo role
Montgomery was coming off an assist with the Scotland U21s on his international debut, and his confidence showed. Despite the fact he’s a solid one-v-one defender, the 19-year-old didn’t settle for simply doing his defensive duties.
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He was darting forward and showing clever footwork and decision-making to keep Celtic in control. Despite his tender age, he plays with an aura of experience you wouldn’t expect. He looks a lot more streetwise in possession than his youthfulness suggests.
Playing in front of a packed Celtic Park, you would’ve expected some errors from the Lennoxtown graduate. Well, he managed to ensure there was none of that. He ended the game with just under a 93% success rate in passing accuracy. That was the highest of anyone on the pitch [WhoScored].
Even if Taylor could pass fit for Thursday, Montgomery has proven he can handle tough away venues. He was superb in the Netherlands against AZ Alkmaar when he produced a switched-on display to keep the Dutch side quiet down his flank.
There’s no reason we should think that he’ll struggle in Betis. With Liam Scales having yet to make his debut, it would be too much of a risk to throw him in. But the same can’t be said for Montgomery, who continues to grow and grow in these substitute appearances.
The time is now to give him a well-earned opportunity in the starting XI. A Europa League clash in Spain won’t faze him – nothing seems to. And considering Taylor’s recent struggles, throwing a fully-fit Montgomery into the team this week would be a fine chance for Postecoglou to measure his progress further.
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