Celtic should sign both Meling and Taylor at left-back

By Hamish Carton

August 24, 2019

Celtic seem to have a choice of two in their pursuit for a left-back replacement to Kieran Tierney.

The Hoops have earlier been linked with a move for Brentford’s Rico Henry but his new four-year contract has put an end to the chat there.

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That means that it’s likely to be a shootout between Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor and Rosenborg’s Birger Meling. The former is said to have had a £3million price tag put on his head (Daily Record) while the latter has also been heavily linked in recent weeks.

The general assumption is that Neil Lennon will swoop for one of the duo. But should he make a statement and buy both?

Celtic could sort left-back issue for years to come

The feeling is that there’s very little between Taylor and Meling. The Norwegian is a few years older but has the same level of scope for improvement as his Scottish counterpart.

Both are steady performers who can be relied upon defensively as well as adding quality in attack.

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The idea of the pair fighting it out for a starting berth is an enticing one. Players play best when they have competition for their place in the team. The contest between both Taylor and Meling would be terrific.

The main problem with signing both would be what to do with Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo. The Belgian hasn’t made a great start to life in Glasgow but after costing £3million, it really is too early to throw in the towel.

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Bolingoli, who himself has only turned 24, has proven that he can attack with quality in his early days. It’s just his defending that has let him and Celtic down. Perhaps Lennon could move him into a more advanced role to provide further competition for Mikey Johnston on the left-flank.

That way we could utilise the Belgian’s best qualities and sort our issues at left-back. Everyone would seem to be a winner.

The idea may seem radical at first but it’s definitely worth some level of consideration.