19-year-old Celtic left-back Adam Montgomery spent the second-half of last season on loan at Aberdeen, and he is going out on loan again, as it was confirmed that St Johnstone are signing the defender until January.

That seems to be a good move for the player, as Celtic are set to sign a new left-back in Alexandro Bernabei, who will compete with Greg Taylor for the left-back spot for the Hoops in season 2022/23.

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Ange Postecoglou has to have high hopes for Montgomery though, as he is set to let him leave to play at a high level for the second season in a row. It should be remembered that Montgomery featured for the Bhoys first-team last season during an injury crisis, and he provided a vital assist in a massive win for Celtic over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

The move to St Johnstone for Montgomery makes sense as should the Hoops sign Bernabei, then there is a real chance that he wouldn’t feature for Celtic at all in season 2022/23.

However, he could get a season of regular football for the next year, and that can only be a good thing for Montgomery and his chances for featuring for the Hoops when he returns to Celtic Park.

Celtic will be hopeful that Montgomery can follow in the footsteps of Anthony Ralston, another Hoops full-back who spent a spell on loan at St Johnstone. and is now a very important player for the Bhoys.

Ralston’s emergence into the Celtic side last season was a bit of a surprise, as he had been out of favour until he got a run in the Celtic first-team under Ange Postecoglou, and who knows, the same thing could happen with Montgomery.

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For Montgomery to become a Celtic regular, he will probably need to have an excellent season with St Johnstone. Hopefully the move will give him the regular football that he needs to kickstart his career, after his time at Aberdeen was blighted due to injury.

He won’t want that to happen again, as it would be a blow to his career, but as it stands, Montgomery should be relishing his chance of regular first-team football, which he isn’t likely to get at Celtic with the competition for first-team places in the left-back area.

The first thing that Montgomery will be looking to do is being so successful for St Johnstone that the loan deal is extended from January until the end of the season.

The next year could determine Montgomery’s future at Celtic, should he succeed in Perth, and if he does well with St Johnstone he could follow in the footsteps of Anthony Ralston and perhaps be a key man for the Bhoys going forward.