Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stated that Greg Taylor’s injury may not be as bad as first feared.
The Scotland international went down midway through the first half holding his leg at Pittodrie today. It initially looked as though Taylor was going to be good to play on, but instead Jonny Hayes was brought onto the pitch as a substitute.
Celtic went onto win the game 2-1 against Aberdeen, but Hayes struggled after coming on. Whilst Taylor was tidy in possession and looked as though he was onto a good game, the Irishman struggled with his deliveries in a game that wasn’t his best.
However, thankfully, Lennon stated in the Daily Record post-match that he hoped it wouldn’t be anything serious.
“He felt a twinge in his hamstring. He felt he could maybe play on but was worried he might rip it if he did. We will assess him over the next couple of days but hopefully it’s not too bad.”
Taylor was just coming into form for Celtic
Taylor has been instrumental in our now nine-game winning run since returning from the winter break. The former Kilmarnock star has started six of them and has made the left-back spot his own.
Signed in the summer from the Ayrshire side, Taylor hasn’t yet had the chance to kick on and be the number one at Celtic. With Boli Bolingoli being given the spot during the first half of the season, this is supposed to be Taylor’s time to shine.
The fact he picked up what looks to be a frustrating knock shows the lack of luck he has. However, Lennon’s comments certainly offer some comfort.
If Taylor believed he could play on today, it stands to reason that he would be ready to play in Denmark on Thursday night. Yet even so, he must be considered a doubt if Lennon believes he was close to ripping his hamstring.
These types of injuries have to be treated with the best of care. A hamstring tear would leave Taylor out for months, and would likely see him lose his place in the team permanently. Lennon’s words, however, put a more positive light on things.