Adam Montgomery and Stephen Welsh have been included in the Scotland U21 team for the upcoming game against Denmark at Tynecastle. Manager Scot Gemmil has continued with the duo that have been heavily involved under Ange Postecoglou so far this season. Montgomery started the defeat to Real Betis as a winger but has played predominantly in an attacking left-back role.
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Montgomery has been a surprise package for Celtic this year. He made his first start in the win over St Johnstone in Scott Brown’s last game but it was believed that he would be ‘one for the future’ as opposed to a first-team player under the new manager. Ange Postecoglou clearly rates Montgomery and has brought the 19-year-old into the fold on a regular basis so far. The more he plays, the more composure and quality on the ball he shows.
Welsh first made his Celtic debut back in 2019/20 in a win over Hamilton but backed up an impressive debut with solid displays last season, where defensive stability was thin on the ground. Welsh will be hoping to kick on under Ange, despite new recruits Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers coming to the club to compete with Christopher Jullien for the starting berths. Welsh is progressing into a fine footballer but he will need games to do this but whether he is one of the two best defenders at the club remains to be seen in the coming weeks and months.
Welsh could probably stake a decent enough claim for a place in Steve Clarke’s senior team in the near future; however, he will need to content himself with the captaincy under Gemmil for the U21s.