Celtic star's classy gesture that went under-the-radar yesterday

By Euan Davidson

November 6, 2021

You’ve got to hand it to Celtic star Greg Taylor; he took an important personal moment, and turned it into a classy charity gesture.

Footballers have every right to make contract announcements about themselves. After all, through hard work and good performances, new contacts are earned. They don’t tend to be offered for nothing.

And while Taylor, one of few Celtic players to stand up and be counted last season could’ve made it all about his own efforts, he didn’t. Instead, he made the focus about his moustache.

Taylor, currently injured, adapted well to Celtic’s new aggressive style with inverted full-backs under Ange Postecoglou. Unfortunately, a shoulder problem has him ruled out of playing time. But during his recovery, he’s been raising money for the Movember charity.

Taylor said [Celtic FC]:

“It was something me and my friends decided we would do this year, We thought it was a good opportunity to raise awareness for the Movember charity, which is about men’s mental health and men’s prostate cancer.

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“So we thought by doing this, and this is certainly a nice occasion for myself in signing my contract and having my birthday, it would publicise it as well.

“So I’m not looking my best but I’m certainly happy to be taking one for the team.”

Celtic man Greg Taylor shows his class, and we have a message for him

You might be aware of Movember. On its face (pardon the pun), it’s about growing a moustache to raise funds for charity. But their mission is a serious one [Movember]:

“A growing number of men – around 10.8M globally – are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75% of all suicides.”

Clearly, that’s very serious stuff. And while the fun of facial hair is all well and good, it’s a very worthy cause indeed.

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And while we’re on the subject; Greg, keep the ‘tache. In the past, the footballer moustache was an art form. From Bernd Schuster to Rudi Völler, David Seaman to Ruud Gullit, footballers have long perfected the ‘tache.

It’s time for a comeback. While Greg Taylor’s gesture is meaningful, and we hope he raises plenty for the Movember charity, we genuinely hope he keeps it.

As for his first-team prospects? He’ll have Josip Juranovic, Adam Montgomery and Boli Bolingoli to battle with once he’s fit. But given his promising start to life under Postecoglou before his injury, the future looks positive.

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