ANGE POSTECOGLOU has given the green light to Adam Montgomery extending his loan stay at St Johnstone.
Celtic’s 20-year-old left-back agreed a six-month temporary switch in the summer with a condition in the deal that he could continue at the Perth club if it suited all parties.
Montgomery, who is under contract at the Hoops until June 2025, has impressed Callum Davidson since the move and the Saints boss is delighted to keep the player until the campaign’s conclusion.
HEAD BHOY…Adam Montgomery attempts a close-range effort that was blocked by an AZ Alkmaar defender in Celtic’s 2-0 Europa League win in August last year.
The situation also suits Postecoglou who paid £3.75million to bring in left-sided Argentinian defender Alexandro Bernabei, 22, on a five-year deal in August to compete with Greg Taylor for the first-team slot.
Montgomery’s Perth deal was due to expire next month, but Postecoglou has given the go-ahead to the continuation and said: “I think he is happy there.
“He is contributing there and it’s important for us that our young players are playing.
“Callum is a good coach for Adam and he develops young players well and we’d be happy for him to stay there.”
Davidson, who made 19 Scotland appearances at left-back, told The Courier recently: “Adam has performed well, which I’m really pleased about. He’s got better and better.
TOUCH OF CLASS…Alexandro Bernabei in action following his £3.75million arrival from Argentinian club Lanus in the summer.
“Adam’s managed to pick himself for the team because of his performances. It’s not me playing him because he’s a Celtic player.“His attitude in training and around the place has been first class. The young man has got a big future. Hopefully, he’ll go far.”
Montgomery also had a stint at Pittodrie in the second half of the previous term as he gains precious game-time.
Liam Scales is also awaiting the nod from Postecoglou to remain at Aberdeen.
The left-sided Republic of Ireland international joined the Pittodrie club in the summer and manager Jim Goodwin is keen to hold onto the 24-year-old utility star who cost the champions £600,000 when he arrived from Shamrock Rovers in August 2021.
The Parkhead gaffer is likely to give the okay to another extension for Scales who scored two goals in 11 outings for the Hoops last season.