Report: Kilmarnock can't sign Celtic talent Adam Montgomery until they shift players on

By David Walton

January 31, 2022

Kilmarnock will need to move players on before they can secure signings such as Celtic defender Adam Montgomery, the Herald reports [Deadline Day live blog, 12:17pm]

Montgomery has recently been linked with a loan move to Ayrshire for the rest of the season. The Daily Record reported last week that Celtic had given the player the green light to join the Championship club.

However, the Herald report that Kilmarnock already have a bloated squad at the moment. It’s said that they’ll need to sanction some more departures before Montgomery’s move can go ahead. Scott Allan has also been linked with Derek McInnes’ side this month [Daily Record].

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McInnes has already made a host of January signings in a bid to aid Kilmarnock’s promotion push. Indeed, experienced players such as Ash Taylor and Kyle Lafferty have been snapped up. They’ve also signed Daniel Mackay and Dylan Tait respectively.

Celtic will be hoping to get Montgomery out the door before the transfer window closes in order to get him senior minutes. With the left-back picture at Parkhead already packed, a temporary departure would be the best thing for Adam’s career.

Montgomery has already made 18 appearances for the Hoops this term [Transfermarkt].

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Adam Montgomery to Kilmarnock would be a fine move as Celtic watch on

Celtic could do with Montgomery going out and gaining senior minutes in a competitive environment. A place at which he’ll be valued and relied upon to do the business. Kilmarnock fits the bill that regard.

Yes we have had our differences with McInnes in the past. However, there’s no denying he’s a shrewd manager and proved as much with Aberdeen. Sending Montgomery there would be beneficial for his development, especially when you consider they’re going to be involved in a title race between now and the summer too. The pressure of winning every week will still be there.

Anything other than promotion this season would be seen as a failure for the Ayrshire men. That’s the kind of environment we want Montgomery playing in. A venue where he wouldn’t lose that winning mentality we need our players to have.

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If it were to fall through, you would hope Celtic would have an alternative offer on the table. It’s clear Montgomery won’t be getting much game-time at Celtic Park between now and the summer, so senior football elsewhere should be the main priority.

Whether that comes in the form of a move to Killie or the English lower leagues, something must be arranged. If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that Adam is ready for that kind of exposure given his appearances so far.

Fingers crossed this one gets over the line.

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