Celtic defender Greg Taylor could be in line for a huge Scotland chance in tomorrow night’s Nations League clash with the Czech Republic.
Taylor has been called up to the Scotland squad for this month’s triple-header, but sat out both wins against Israel and Slovakia respectively.
Unsurprisingly, this was because captain Andrew Robertson occupies Taylor’s left-back position. The Liverpool superstar played the entirety of both games, but won’t be able to face the Czechs tomorrow.
Robertson is in fact suspended for the crunch match, which could see Scotland extend their lead at the top of their Nations League group. This comes after bookings picked up in recent matches against both the Czechs and Slovakia.
His regular replacement, Kieran Tierney, wasn’t called up to the squad this month due to injury. That leaves Taylor with a chance to add to previous caps picked up against Belgium, Cyprus, and Kazakhstan respectively. Taylor also managed assists in the latter two games respectively.
Taylor the outstanding candidate
There is always the prospect that Aberdeen’s Andy Considine plays against the Czechs instead. He put in a fine shift against Slovakia on Sunday, and therefore it would hardly surprise you if Clarke moved him over to left-back where he’s featured so regularly in the past at club-level.
However, Taylor would offer so much more, and it seems like the perfect opportunity for him to make his mark in this Scotland side and play a part in what is looking like being another successful Nations League campaign.
It also probably helps him that manager Clarke will be fully aware of his talents. He was his boss in the past at Kilmarnock, and it was just after that period that Taylor earned his first call-up.
The Celtic wing-back also suits the way Clarke likes to play. Yes, he’s nowhere near the level of Robertson, but he can maraud up and down the left side and has a decent delivery on him (albeit he’s struggled with that area of his game recently).
For Celtic supporters, many will no doubt just want Taylor to come back to Lennoxtown without any illnesses or deadly viruses. The same goes for all of our players on international duty.
But a unique opportunity appears to have found its way to him – hopefully he gets his shot and puts in another solid shift.