Celtic left-back Greg Taylor has insisted that there’s nothing he can do about comparisons to Kieran Tierney, but that it doesn’t overly bother him.
Taylor has been a regular in Neil Lennon’s starting XI this season, starting eight of our nine competitive games. Indeed, the only match Taylor has been on the bench for was our recent trip to Ross County – a 5-0 win (Transfermarkt).
However, having succeeded Tierney as the club’s new first-choice left-back, standards in the position were already sky-high. After Tierney signed for Arsenal, Celtic fans always demanded an able replacement.
But Taylor has dismissed the comparison to his predecessor, and has welcomed the pressure of trying to deliver at a big club.
As quoted by the Sun, the former Kilmarnock man said: “There’s always pressure on you, but I don’t have a big problem with that. I’m at a massive club and you have to expect that. It pushes me on. Kieran was a top, top player for the club and he still is that at Arsenal. He’s a great lad.
“I was with him in the last Scotland squad and got on really well with him. But it’s for other people to make comparisons. I’ve never claimed to be Kieran Tierney. I’m Greg Taylor and that’s all I can be.
“Hopefully that’s enough to continue to play each week for the gaffer. There’s very big expectations on every player at the club and I’m no different. It’s just one of those things. I’m fine with it.”
Celtic fans haven’t demanded anything unrealistic from Taylor
When Tierney left the club, nobody believed that his replacement was going to be of a similar standard. The plain facts are you just don’t go out and buy another Tierney. Any comparison is ludicrous.
However, there was a demand for his replacement to be able to do a job for the club, with the potential of perhaps, in time, becoming a player capable enough of comparing to our former left-back.
Taylor most certainly manages the former in that he can do a job. However, there are still question marks as to whether he can become as big a superstar as KT. But there’s no shame in that, and it doesn’t mean that he isn’t good enough to remain at the club. At 22, he still has plenty of room for improvement.
But let’s not pretend that Taylor gets any more stick than anyone else in the squad. The likes of Scott Brown, James Forrest, and Kristoffer Ajer have their performances questioned on a consistent basis. The same goes for Moi Elyounoussi and Chris Jullien.
Everyone in that Celtic first-team squad is in a priviledged position this term. With that position comes a responsibility and a level of accountability. If anyone is underperforming then they’ll be questioned.
Taylor has had his decent days and his bad days this term, so as such he’ll be highlighted when he isn’t playing to his capabilities and praised when he is. At the end of the day, that’s what happens when you play for a big club.