Celtic training footage provides Greg Taylor injury boost for supporters

By David Walton

December 1, 2021

Celtic fans were left with a surprising injury boost today as left-back Greg Taylor was snapped taking part in full training.

The Hoops put out a video of today’s training session on their Twitter page just hours ago. Towards the end of the video, Taylor is seen taking part in what was clear contact training, suggesting his shoulder injury is coming on well.

The Scotland international has been out of action since September as a shoulder complaint halted his momentum. He appeared at the time to be adapting well to the new manager’s tactics and system.

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Postecoglou provided a promising update on Taylor just under 2 weeks ago. He stated back then that the player had been taking part in everything but contact training. The manager would claim that Greg would be able to return in “the next 2 to 3 weeks” [Celtic TV].

Taylor was a regular under Ange before his injury woes. He featured in all 11 of the games that he was available for before his shoulder injury took him out the game.

It also remains to be seen how the arrival of Croatian right-back Josip Juranovic affects his chances of coming straight back into the side. But the fact he’s back on the pitch and taking some contact is a promising boost.

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Celtic need more options at left-back; Greg Taylor closing in on return at just the right time

Taylor isn’t the most exciting player in the Celtic squad and he’ll be the first to admit it. He certainly has his critics and many believe the Hoops need an overall upgrade in the position.

However, let’s forget about that for a moment and look at what he actually brings to the team. Taylor is an accomplished crosser of the ball and managed a fine 6 league assists in 21 games last term [Transfermarkt].

Not to mention he’s also a decent enough one v one defender. A part of his game that rarely gets the recognition it deserves. His energy levels have proven invaluable in the past, and he’s clearly highly rated by the manager.

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Do we need an upgrade in terms of a first-choice option? Undoubtedly. We still need a bit of wow factor in the position. Juranovic has been holding the fort, but ideally, we get him over to the right-back spot in the new year when we bring in a new left-back.

What that does for Taylor remains to be seen. He’ll likely still be the first reserve and that’s a key position in Postecoglou’s team. Ange has constantly stressed the need for being able to rotate his team and entrust the players who come into the XI.

Taylor will get his opportunity to return hopefully by next weekend. Given he’s back doing contact exercises, it certainly looks promising in that regard.

In other news, Ange sets the record straight on the Liel Abada/James Forrest Celtic conundrum