ADAM MONTGOMERY has returned to Celtic after suffering a setback just weeks into his short-term loan at Motherwell.

The versatile 21-year-old defender is back at Parkhead for rehabilitation after sustaining an injury during training with the Fir Parkers.

However, there is NO chance of the left-sided operator playing for the champions in the second half of the campaign and he will remain registered as a player with Well.

Montgomery made a quickfire debut for Steve Kettlewell’s club in their 3-1 Scottish Cup victory over Alloa last month.

The adaptable ace also made six appearances for Fleetwood Town after former Celtic captain Scott Brown signed him on a temporary transfer for the English third-tier club in the summer.

After just over a year in the post, the ex-Scotland international midfielder, now in charge at Ayr United, was dismissed at the beginning of September and Montgomery was recalled to Glasgow at the turn of the year.

Injury has put paid to game-time for the youngster unless he returns to match fitness before the end of May.

Montgomery, who was handed his Hoops debut by caretaker boss John Kennedy in a 4-0 win over St Johnstone in May 2021, will not be eligible for selection for Brendan Rodgers.

FIFA rules state no player can turn out for three clubs in the same season, so the defender’s only opportunity of an appearance in the forthcoming months will be with the Lanarkshire outfit.

Motherwell took the social media to provide an update on the player as they announced: “Adam Montgomery has returned to Celtic to continue his rehabilitation on a serious injury picked up in training. Speedy recovery, Adam.”

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