"Everyone is enjoying" working under John Kennedy, claims Celtic defender

By Euan Davidson

April 29, 2021

Celtic and Scotland defender Greg Taylor has, in a difficult season, improved his reputation.

Taylor was seen to be a bit light-weight. A back-up option and little more, who played second fiddle to Boli Bolingoli in 19-20. Having starred for Kilmarnock prior to his Paradise move, it was a shift in responsibilities for the left-back. Ultimately, though, he’s worked hard and secured the appreciation of supporters, especially with the inconsistent form of Diego Laxalt.

Taylor, though, just like his team-mates, is desperate to win a Glasgow Derby this season. Although there are still recent memories of dominating our rivals home and away, it’s been tougher in the last 18 months. In the last Derby, Taylor came on at half-time to replace the faltering Laxalt, and it was a mystery as to why he hadn’t started.

The Scotland left-back claims that there’s a good feeling around the club, despite the struggles of this campaign. John Kennedy’s popularity with the players has built his case for staying at Celtic in some capacity. Last night, ahead of Sunday’s Derby, Taylor told Celtic TV:

“You take each game as it comes.

“Right now, Kendo is he manager and everyone is enjoying working under him and learning so that’s what we will continue to do.”

“I maybe wouldn’t say we haven’t performed as much [against Rangers] but we certainly didn’t get the results we wanted in the last few derbies.

“So it is important that we take our chances and hopefully go and get the win.

“Every time you pull on the Celtic jersey there is a pride there and that can’t change for the last three games.

“So that means there is nine points to play for and that will be the aim.”

Greg Taylor for Celtic v Hamilton / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Greg Taylor should be expecting to start for Celtic on Sunday

Former Killie man Taylor has been in and out of the squad ever since joining Celtic. This season, it’s been more down to injuries that the defender hasn’t cemented a starring role in the first-team. He’ll have been concerned by the transfer action of last September, though, with Mitchel Bakker and Romain Perraud heavily linked, and Laxalt eventually coming through the door.

His recent form, though, dictates that Taylor should absolutely expect to start in the last Glasgow Derby of the season. Unfortunately, Diego Laxalt has failed to keep consistent form, while Taylor can be relied upon week-in, week-out. His defensive output has been considerable, making 1.5 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per 90 in 20-21 [WhoScored?]. He’s also made 5 assists, and plays 1.5 key passes a game. For a defender, especially one who is relied upon to provide width, that’s a pretty excellent return.

With all the talk of a rebuild, there may still be a long-term upgrade available to replace Taylor. However, at just 23, the Scotland international still has bags of potential and is already a solid contributor for Celtic.

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