When Celtic sold Kieran Tierney for £25m back in 2019 – a record fee received for a Scottish player – the Parkhead faithful may have believed it would be a while before they had another homegrown prospect at left-back who boasted the potential of flourishing into a top-level talent.
However, just two years down the line, Greg Taylor’s recent shoulder injury seems to have brought with it a rather significant silver lining, as, although he has started just one Scottish Premiership game under Ange Postecoglou this term, Adam Montgomery appears to be a player who has an extremely bright future ahead of him at Parkhead.
After being brought on as a substitute on four separate occasions this season, the 19-year-old was finally handed his first league start of the campaign against Aberdeen – a game in which the left-back highlighted his abundance of potential.
Indeed, over his 90 minutes on the pitch at Pittodrie, the £135k-rated teenager enjoyed 88 touches of the ball – the second-most of any other player to feature in the match – completed 60 passes – again, the second-most of any player – completed three of his four attempted dribbles and made two key passes.
However, perhaps most notably, the teenager showed a remarkable amount of composure in the closing stages of the game, when he picked out Jota to fire home the match-winning goal in the 84th-minute – a strike that secured the Bhoys their first away win of the season.
This impact led to Postecoglou – who is not well known for singling out players after an impressive performance – to heap a considerable amount of praise on the left-back, with the 56-year-old manager stating after the game: “It was a simple pass across the goal, but at the end of the game when you need to win he showed that composure. He is a very talented young player.”
The Australian has also hailed the youngster for his “tremendous” composure as well.
It is not only the Celtic boss who has noticed Montgomery’s potential, with Tierney himself revealing that he is well aware of the 19-year-old’s potential.
In an interview with The Scottish Sun, the £28.8m-rated Arsenal defender said: “I’ve heard a lot of good things about him… I know from speaking to [John Kennedy] and Greg Taylor at Celtic that he’s a good talent and a decent boy too. I wish him all the best.
“It’s always great to see someone come through the Celtic academy. It was special for me to come through the ranks to the first team. Now, Adam’s got a chance of progressing, and I’d love to see him get more games and push for a place.
“All I’d advise him to do is enjoy everything. From what I’ve heard he’s a good enough player and a lad with the right attitude.”
As such, it would very much appear that, as long as Montgomery can concentrate on his development as a player over the coming seasons at Parkhead, the belief is there that the 19-year-old has the ability to go on and follow in Tierney’s footsteps, something the Celtic fans would certainly love to see.