Transfer Latest – Celtic left back Adam Montgomery joins St Johnstone on loan

Celtic left back Adam Montgomery has joined St Johnstone on loan for the upcoming season, perhaps signalling still further, following Celtic’s willingness to allow Liam Scales to join Aberdeen, that the announcement of the signing of Argentinian left back Alexandro Berbabei is imminent.

The Dundee Courier is reporting Montgomery, who spent an injury blighted loan spell at Pittodrie himself last season after making a good impression in the early part of Celtic’s previous campaign – including setting Jota up for a winning goal against Aberdeen – has headed for Perth as Callum Davidson contends with a double injury concern in his squad, with both left backs Tony Gallagher and Callum Booth unlikely to be fit for the start of the season.

Adam Montgomery and Liam Scales of Celtic are seen at full time during the Premier Sports Cup Quarter-Final match between Celtic FC and Raith Rovers at Celtic Park on September 23, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

For Montgomery this move makes a lot of sense. St Johnstone are a top flight club, clearly have a space in their squad at the moment – almost guaranteeing Adam Montgomery gametime – meanwhile at Celtic Greg Taylor and now Alexandro Bernabei would block the route to first team minutes for a player, although highly rated at Celtic and by john Kennedy in particular, would be unlikely to get the number of games he needs at this stage of his development. Yet prove himself a standout performer and develop as well as he’d be expected in Perth and Montgomery could soon be in a position to push himself into first team consideration next season.

19th December 2021; Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup final, Hibernian versus Celtic: Owen Moffat and Adam Montgomery of Celtic celebrate with the trophy

From St Johnstone’s perspective manager Callum Davidson works with a squad small in number, therefore having someone in the mould of Montgomery who can play in both the attacking and defensive thirds of the pitch is the kind of versatility that is squad gold for a manager working to a tight budget.

And for Adam Montgomery such a move to St Johnstone will bring back good memories with Montgomery making his Celtic debut against St Johnstone in a 4-0 win for Celtic at the end of the 20/21 season when John Kennedy was in caretaker charge of the club.

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