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St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson turns focus on goalkeeper and attack after completing Adam Montgomery loan from Celtic

Adam Montgomery.
Adam Montgomery.

The loan signing of Adam Montgomery from Celtic has enhanced the defensive adaptability St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson prioritised for his summer squad rebuild.

Despite the fact Tony Gallacher and Callum Booth will both be absent when the new season gets underway, Davidson now has a variety of options at his disposal which will suit different formations and circumstances.

Montgomery’s grounding as a winger will be a big part of that picture, as the 19-year-old Scotland U-21 international seeks to take his career to the next level.

“I’m delighted to get Adam on board,” said Davidson.

“He’s a fantastic young prospect who has played in some big games for Celtic.

“Callum Booth and Tony Gallagher are both out for the foreseeable future so I felt we needed someone to come in to play on the left-hand side.

“Speaking to him, I was really impressed with his hunger and desire to be playing football.

“I really like his attitude. He’s very positive and wants to win games.

“He’s had a taste of it at Celtic then with Aberdeen last season, although he spent some of his time up there injured.

“Last season he made 18 appearances for Celtic and then another eight or nine for Aberdeen.

“I think it’s good he was out on loan elsewhere so he’s had a taste of life away from Celtic already and knows what it’s like moving from that environment to another club.

“He’s got all the attributes to be successful here and then go back to Celtic a much better player.

“We are grateful to Celtic for allowing it to happen and hopefully he’ll kick-on with his career.”

Happy with his mix

The Perth boss, who previously recruited Andy Considine and Drey Wright, added: “The good thing about Adam is he’s versatile and can play higher up the pitch if needed, which helps with the flexibility we’re trying to create within the squad.

“He can play at wing-back and also wide on the left, so it’s good to have those sort of options.

“We have it on the right with Drey Wright arriving and we also have it on the left with Adam now.

“It will allow me to play the back three if need be with wing-backs but also switch to a four and have them higher up the pitch.

“With Adam arriving I’m happy with the mix of players and the depth we have at the back now.

“We brought in Andy Considine to add experience to it and help the younger ones out.

“James Brown is able to play a couple of positions as well so we have a really strong group of players at the back.”

More to come

With Zander Clark moving on and forward areas in need of attention, Davidson can now switch his focus to other parts of his squad.

“We are still working hard on getting more transfers done,” said the Perth boss, who has ex-Plymouth Argyle star Graham Carey in his sights.

“Things change constantly at this time of year so you have to keep plugging away and asking the questions.

“The goalkeeper situation is something we are addressing. We want to get someone in but it has to be the right one.

“We want to add to our attacking options as well, so the conversations are happening and we’re trying to do our business.”

Celtic full-back Adam Montgomery determined to seize ‘big opportunity’ at St Johnstone as loan deal is officially confirmed

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