Celtic left-back Greg Taylor labelled "undroppable" after stunning 2022 form
Charlie Nicholas has labelled Celtic defender Greg Taylor as “undroppable” after a stunning start to 2022 in a Hoops jersey.
Taylor was in and out of the side during the first half of the campaign. This was because Ange Postecoglou was regularly utilising Josip Juranovic as a makeshift left-back instead.
However, Greg has come back after the winter break and made the spot his own. He’s started all but 3 of our games since returning and has put in a series of impressive performances. Most notably, the Scotland international tamed Manchester United hotshot Amad Diallo in the recent Glasgow derby win at Celtic Park.
And after another solid display at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Sunday, Nicholas has stated that he believes Ange cannot drop the former Kilmarnock star.
Speaking via his Scottish Daily Express column [print edition, 08/03, page 57], Nicholas said: “Ange Postecoglou likes to rotate his Celtic team, but Greg Taylor is undroppable on current form. The left-back should be one of the first names on the teamsheet and deserves huge credit for the way he has dug in and proved people wrong in the last five or six weeks.
“Watching Taylor against Livingston last weekend, there was no big fuss about him. He did his job quietly and efficiently. Jota gets all the plaudits but Taylor backs him up really well on the left flank.
“It wasn’t so long ago that Postecoglou preferred to play Josip Juranovic out of position instead of Taylor, but the Scot’s form has been absolutely first class of late. His recent displays merit more recognition.”
Greg Taylor has proven a major point at Celtic in 2022
During the first half of the season, Taylor certainly had plenty more critics. Many believed that he wasn’t good enough to remain at Celtic for much longer. That we needed a big upgrade on the left-back position.
The truth is that this wasn’t totally wide of the mark. We could still actually do with some solid competition for Taylor too given Adam Montgomery isn’t quite ready yet and Boli Bolingoli won’t have a future here in the long term.
But even so, Taylor has been a huge part of why we’ve been so successful since coming back from the winter break. Had it not been for his performances alongside Jota on the left flank, the Portuguese wouldn’t be in the form that he’s in. Taylor complements him extremely well, and that’s been shown to be the case over the last few weeks.
There was so much of a spotlight placed on Taylor in the build-up to the Glasgow derby match in February too. He was consistently getting teased by rival fans about coming up against Diallo. But he absolutely bossed it, and showed real authority in his one-v-one defending to ensure the Hoops weren’t breached.
Taylor has now produced a series of impressively solid displays in which he’s been mistake-free. Granted, he struggled a touch against Bodo/Glimt, but who didn’t? Domestically, he’s been on fire, and that’s exactly why Ange has been hesitant to throw Juranovic over to left-back in recent games.
We’re in a great place at the moment, and Taylor has every right to feel he’s played a major role in that. Hopefully, he continues his form for the final 8 games of the season.