Greg Taylor delivers perfect response to the idea of losing his Celtic spot

By David Walton

May 8, 2022

Greg Taylor is ready to embrace any potential challenge to his Celtic jersey next season and has stated that he expects plenty of competition at Parkhead.

Ange Postecoglou will be looking to fine-tune the squad this summer and add in several key areas. One of those is highly likely to be the left-back area given the lack of first-team opportunities for the likes of Liam Scales and Boli Bolingoli respectively.

The Athletic has reported that Celtic have identified a left-back as a target come the end of the season. The club has already been linked with potential rivals for Taylor too, with Hammarby’s Mohanad Jeahze apparently having already been scouted by the club [Expressen].

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But Taylor is ready to tackle any challenge for his spot next season head-on, just as he’s been doing since 2019. As quoted by the Glasgow Times, the former Kilmarnock defender said: “Since I signed for Celtic, that’s been consistent in terms of other full-backs fighting for my position. It’s the same with every position and it’s the way it will always be at a club of this size.

“Celtic will always be looking to improve. If that means someone comes in to take your position you have to be ready for that fight and hope to keep it. I don’t think it’s a case of seeing players off. I just work every day in trying to get picked on a weekend. As long as that keeps happening I’ll be pleased. If you think that way [that you are first pick in your position], you can get caught up in the moment and not focus on what’s important.

“I try not to look back, I just try to get better every day. I keep my feet on the ground and aim to get selected in every game for Celtic. Thankfully that’s happened often this season when I’ve been fit. It’s enjoyable to be in that position at a club of this size. But I’ll never think I’m this or that – I’m just working hard for Celtic.”

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Greg Taylor’s Celtic position will be under threat but a point has been proven

Taylor’s position will undoubtedly come under threat when it comes to squad competition next season. When Celtic try to strengthen at left-back, they won’t be looking at options of a lesser quality than what we currently have.

Time will tell whether the current Hoops number 1 left-back can fend them off. He’s done so in the past with the likes of Boli Bolingoli and Diego Laxalt. But this summer could see his toughest opponent yet make his way to Celtic Park. That’s the hope at least.

What’s clear regardless is that Taylor has a part to play here. He’s now set to be a key cog of Ange Postecoglou’s plans for next season as he’s about to have played a major role in another title-winning team for the Hoops. Even if he loses his number 1 spot, he’ll get plenty of minutes next year as a squad player.

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It’s clear that the manager is happy to invest his trust in him. So far this term, the Scotland international has secured 33 appearances and even then he was out for nearly 3 months through injury [Transfermarkt]. That’s an incredible return given the circumstances.

He’s won over supporters due to his consistency levels even if concerns still remain over his ability to do the business in Europe. That may be put more to the test next season if he manages to hold onto his spot.

A big challenge is almost certain to meet Greg this summer. But he puts it perfectly here – that’s not anything new to him.

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