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Celtic: who will benefit from Taylor injury?

When one player comes back it feels like another is injured at Celtic.

The hoops are bolstered this week with the return of Anthony Ralston, who missed the Ross County clash over the weekend.

It will be a timely boost for the Bhoys as they prepare for the campaign’s first encounter in the Europa League group stage.

You face Real Betis in Seville but now you have a big problem.

On the blackboard

Defensive problems are mounting for Celtic as Greg Taylor will miss the game in Spain with shoulder problems.

The left-back missed the Old Firm derby a few weeks ago due to an injury and had to withdraw from the Scottish squad during the international break.

In that loss to Rangers, Ange Postecoglou chose to make a debut to Josip Juranovic, but he began his Celtic career outside of the left-back position.

Who should play at LB vs Betis?

Juranovic

Juranovic

Montgomery

Montgomery

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This would be a risky mid-week decision and instead they should consider unleashing someone more competent on the left side of the defense.

The manager left Boli Bolingoli out of Celtic’s Europa League squad so the only other players he could turn to would be new signing Liam Scales or the rarely seen Adam Montgomery.

The latter made his breakthrough towards the end of last season when John Kennedy temporarily led the team, but he made a big difference under the new boss.

Montgomery has played five times this season but has yet to play for Celtic in 2021/22.

That just has to change on Thursday evening, however, as Taylor is injured. First and foremost, the 19-year-old didn’t do anything wrong during this tenure.

Second, he has the offensive attributes that Celtic’s number one has in his locker in this position.



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The teenager has previously described himself referred to as “tricky” and has already been compared to a certain Kieran Tierney.

If Montgomery can live up to the Scottish international’s high standards, he’ll be an instant hit at Parkhead.

It is important that the manager trusts him very much. The defender came on as a substitute for AZ Alkmaar last month when Taylor was injured for the first time and performed admirably. Postecoglou commented, “I thought Monty was outstanding, a young player who knew we were going to defend a fair amount of the game.

“I thought he did an excellent job.”

Based on that rating, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Australian travels to Spain later in the week.

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