Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stated that he’s “worried” about Greg Taylor’s status for the game against Copenhagen tomorrow night.
Taylor had to come off against Aberdeen on Sunday after feeling a tweak in his hamstring. Celtic seemed to take the right precautions by immediately taking the former Kilmarnock man off, but it looks as though he hasn’t recovered instantly.
Celtic face Copenhagen in the Europa League last-32 tomorrow night, and they’ll see the upcoming contest as a fine chance to progress to the next round.
However, Lennon has admitted in the Herald that there’s no certainty regarding Taylor’s fitness.
“We are just worried about Greg Taylor after he came off in Aberdeen at the minute. We want to see how he is. We might mix it up a bit – we’ll see.”
Only one real replacement for Taylor
There is, in truth, only one man who’s likely to come in and replace Taylor – Jonny Hayes.
There is an argument that Boli Bolingoli should come back in, but his continued absence from the first-team squad makes that unlikely. He’s only played against Clyde since the winter break and clearly isn’t overly-fancied by Lennon at the moment.
Of course, Hayes isn’t exactly some sort of disastrous alternative. Remember, this is the man who looked solid against Lazio earlier on in the campaign. He also proved himself in the last-32 last season when we faced Valencia.
Taylor’s injury isn’t ideal. We all hoped he would be fit for tomorrow so that Lennon could’ve had his first-choice XI available to him. However, this is why we have such a big squad.
You would still be hopeful that Taylor would be fit for the second leg. He managed to walk off the pitch at Aberdeen without any big trouble, so hopefully a relatively quick recovery is in the pipeline.
It’ll also be interesting to see whether this injury marks a return to the squad for Bolingoli. With Hayes likely to take Taylor’s place, that surely means the Belgian could make his way back onto the bench. Regardless, Taylor still hasn’t totally been ruled out just yet.