Celtic boss delivers major Greg Taylor update; return timeline confirmed

By Euan Davidson

November 18, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has given a positive injury update on Celtic and Scotland left-back Greg Taylor.

Taylor had been missing for Celtic since the recurrence of a shoulder injury picked up against AZ Alkmaar. The left-back, one of few consistently high-quality performers last season, has seen his place taken. A revolving cast of talents includes Boli Bolingoli, Josip Juranovic and Adam Montgomery.

However, Taylor, who was adapting well to Ange Postecoglou’s tactical demands, is on the comeback trail.

Postecoglou said today [Celtic FC]:

“With Greg, he’s got to still get his clearance on the shoulder, but he’s doing everything apart from joining in contact training.

“We hope he gets all-clear in the next sort of, two or three weeks. [That would mean] he’ll be back available and it’ll be great to get him back, as well.”

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Considered the first-choice left-back at Celtic, Taylor started well under Postecoglou. In the league, he was averaging 1.5 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game, but also being important in an attacking sense. With 2 key passes per 90, Taylor was providing a real threat with his vision. Certainly it’s a quality of his that goes under-the-radar.

He contributed 1.5 key passes last year, showing that he’s had the propensity to set up chances for a consistent period [WhoScored?].

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Interestingly, Josip Juranovic has been one of our better performers in recent weeks. During a spell of form which has seen Celtic only drop points against Livingston, the Croatian right-back has been hugely productive.

Taylor, playing in his natural position, is a sorely undervalued player. Juranovic is clearly the more popular of the two currently, and taking him out for Taylor may prove controversial.

What, also, of Boli Bolingoli? Of Adam Montgomery, or even Liam Scales? Postecoglou has found himself with potentially 5 left-back candidates, counting a fit Taylor and Juranovic.

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Clearly, something will have to give come January. Unless there’s a tactic we don’t know about involving only left-sided defenders, then thats’s too many players for one position.

It’ll be a moment requiring skill and diplomacy for Ange Postecoglou. Whatever the case may be, though, Taylor readying a return to the squad can only be a good thing.

A solid, consistent and enterprising left-back, he deserves more props for what he brings to Celtic.

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