Greg Taylor "happy" with Celtic form going under the radar; loving life under Ange
Greg Taylor has admitted that he’s happy with his Celtic form going under the radar externally as he knows the efforts of everyone is appreciated at Lennoxtown.
Taylor has been one of the most improved players under Ange Postecoglou this season. The left-back was highly criticised for his form last term but has gone on to feature on 33 occasions for the Hoops in what’s been an incredible renaissance for the club [Transfermarkt].
His form has led to him becoming the first-choice left-back at Celtic as he’s blitzed through the competition left behind him.
And as he lauded life under Ange this year, Taylor admitted he’s pleased to be progressing well without much recognition from the outside. As quoted by the Glasgow Times, the ex-Killie man said: “I’m happy with that. Although I would probably like to score a few more goals and then I’d get spoken about a bit more – but I don’t do that unfortunately!
“We’ve all got roles within the team and I think we’re all appreciated for the jobs we do. If I can continue to play a small part within the whole system, I’ll be happy. It’s gotten us into a good position so far. The style implemented has been great for me and I’m very grateful to the manager for the opportunity he’s given me this year.
“I’ve tried to reward him with good performances and I feel I’ve improved along the way. The style suits me more now. I’m trying to improve in every game and if I keep getting positive feedback, I know I’m on the right lines.”
Greg Taylor clearly valued by Ange Postecoglou and the Celtic support
The fact he’s consistently featured as our first-choice left-back says a lot about the faith invested in him by the manager. It’s clear that Ange is a real fan of Taylor as it would’ve been a lot easier to make left-back a priority position in the summer. Instead, he saw the potential in Greg to become his first-choice this year.
Granted, some competition will be essential. We don’t have any real viable candidates who can step up and lay claim to the left-back spot. Liam Scales and Boli Bolingoli clearly aren’t fancied by the manager. That’s not speculation – that’s just fact based on his selections this season. Whether they can force their way back into contention remains to be seen. There’s certainly more hope for Scales than there is Boli.
But even with that, another signing remains vital. When you look at how Celtic bolstered themselves at right-back with the arrival of Josip Juranovic, we need another along those lines down the left. Someone with international pedigree isn’t imperative, but we need a higher level of competition than what’s currently available.
Even so, Greg remains in command of the left-back spot and is about to become a title-winner under Ange. He’ll have earned that tag and it’ll be down to whoever comes in to prove that they should be playing in the UCL over Greg.
That won’t be easy. Not when you take into account the improvements made to Taylor’s game. He’s become a lot more effective with his final ball and is now standing up to 1-v-1 defensive battles a lot more than previously. He effectively ended Amad Diallo’s Rangers career with his stunning display in the February derby at Celtic Park.
It’s great to see Taylor enjoying his football once again. There’s a player there for certain, and Ange looks to have unlocked it.