"Constant work"; Celtic defender Greg Taylor speaks about new culture under Postecoglou

By Euan Davidson

July 13, 2021

Intensity is the name of the game for Celtic under Ange Postecoglou, says left-back Greg Taylor.

Taylor, who joined Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for Euro 2020, hasn’t long been back in training with the Bhoys. However, he’s quickly picking up the ideology of the new boss. Both in words and in training, Celtic manager Postecoglou has stressed the importance of hard work and constant pressing.

Taylor, one of few Celtic players whose stock rose in 20-21, told Sky Sports:

“It’s probably slightly shorter sessions, but more intense, is what the gaffer focuses on. Whether it’s an hour, hour and a half, it’s constant work.

“There’s not many breaks in-between, and I think that’s to do with the focus on being high-pressure, intensity, throughout the whole session, and throughout a whole game.”

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Before then, though, he’s got Bristol City to navigate in a friendly, and more intense training sessions to come. The Bhoys have bested Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic, but City represent a step up in terms of opposition.

Greg Taylor further outlined what training’s been like in preparation for both fixtures.

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He said [Sky Sports]:

“We’ve enjoyed it, learning new things under the gaffer. Hopefully we’ll be ready come next Tuesday.

“It’s been good, he’s stressed a lot on playing. He wants to play at all times, which is certainly [the] Celtic way, to do that. Equally, when we lose the ball, it’s about reacting as quick as we can.

“That’s been the two main focuses.”

Whether Postecoglou has had the requisite time to fully implement his ideas before our first competitive match is yet to be seen. However, signs so far are good, and the culture of hard work will surely pay off when 21-22’s Scottish Premiership season rolls around.

Taylor, who has his own excellent work ethic, seems impressed. That can’t be a bad sign.

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