Celtic teen tipped for extended starting XI run after confirmed news - McLeish
Alex McLeish has tipped Ange Postecoglou to hand teenage defender Adam Montgomery an extended run in the Celtic starting XI.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 19-year-old’s spell in the Hoops side will be “fantastic for his football upbringing”.
As quoted by the National (September 25th), Bhoys boss Ange Postecoglou revealed he was pleased by Montgomery’s development, insisting “he has done really well so far”.
The Australian added that the youngster “knows what he has to do” to ensure his development at Celtic is successful.
Montgomery has made 12 Hoops appearances this season but has been named in the starting XI just three times.
He could be in line for a maiden Premiership start on Sunday against Aberdeen, with first-choice Greg Taylor sidelined after shoulder surgery.
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McLeish claimed Montgomery would get “valuable experience” from a run in the team.
“Sometimes you have to assess the youngsters and accept that they maybe don’t have all the answers yet,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“But you can see how he can develop through giving him an opportunity at first-team level.
“If he’s good enough and strong enough to go in at the moment, then why not?
“He’s getting valuable experience, although not in a Brendan Rodgers-type all-conquering team.
“It’s still fantastic for his football upbringing and works towards him making the grade.”
Montgomery played the full 90 minutes in Celtic’s disappointing Europa League defeats against Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen.
He has one cap for Scotland’s under-21 side after making his debut last month.
Celtic trail Old Firm rivals Rangers by six points ahead of the clash against Aberdeen.