Stephen Glass explains why Aberdeen have signed Celtic man Adam Montgomery on loan

By David Walton

January 31, 2022

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has explained why they’ve moved to sign Celtic defender Adam Montgomery on loan between now and the summer.

Montgomery has tonight had his move to Pittodrie finalised as he makes a temporary departure from Parkhead. The move comes after Adam made 18 appearances in the first half of the campaign [Transfermarkt].

However, in recent weeks, he’s been more frozen out with Ange Postecoglou opting for Greg Taylor and Liam Scales ahead of the Scotland under-21 international.

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And as the Dons officially confirmed his move on their official website tonight, Glass has spoken on the deal:

“We’re pleased Adam has opted to join us at Pittodrie for the rest of the season. His arrival will provide some added flexibility to the squad as he can play in a number of positions.

“He is a player with great potential and someone who we feel will add value to the squad for the second half of the campaign. The Club has previously enjoyed success with the loan of Ryan Christie from Celtic and we’re confident this move will be as successful.”

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Adam Montgomery couldn’t have asked for a better loan move from Celtic Park

Yes we may have a chuckle and some banter with Aberdeen when we face them. There’s certainly a rivalry there even if it isn’t one of the fiercer ones in Scottish football. However, in terms of a loan move, Adam couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.

The Dons have struggled for a natural left-back in recent times. Jonny Hayes has regularly had to feature there, whilst Dean Campbell has also had to deputise there. Jack McKenzie, meanwhile, is currently sidelined.

So Montgomery has a glorious opportunity to make the spot is own. He’ll be made to work for it of course. This isn’t a move in which Adam will simply be guaranteed minutes because he’s from Celtic. He’ll have his competition and he’ll have to overcome it.

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But if he comes back in the summer with another 20-odd appearances and having achieved a top 6 finish with the Dons, that will be seen as a big success.

Montgomery had already previously shown some promising traits in the first half of the season. He was always willing to go on the overlap and had an urge to be attack-minded. It’s all about developing his strength and defensive attributes at Pittodrie as he looks to become a more complete player heading into the summer.

We saw what a prolonged period in the Granite City did for Ryan Christie. Here’s hoping Adam can reap similar rewards.

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