Celtic left-back Greg Taylor is hoping that he can use his Scotland platform to impress manager Neil Lennon.
It’s a bit of a bizarre state of affairs for the Hoops left-back. Effectively, he’s having to use international matches to impress his club manager when it should be the other way around. Taylor still hasn’t managed to play his way into the Celtic team as things stand.
So far, he’s played just one match for the club – a routine 2-0 home win against St Mirren. Outside of that, he’s been playing second fiddle to Boli Bolingoli and has recently dropped below Jonny Hayes in the pecking order too.
But after a promising international call from Steve Clarke and a positive display against Cyprus, Taylor is hoping he’s doing enough to catch Lenny’s eye. Speaking in the Herald, Taylor expressed his hope at further Parkhead opportunities.
“If you do something here, it maybe makes your club manager take notice. Hopefully I did that against Cyprus with getting the assist and he knows that he can trust me when we go back to the club. Hopefully I can kick on from there.
“I’ve maybe not had the chance yet at Celtic as much as I’d have liked, it’s one of these things.”
Scotland vs Kazakhstan could be a big evening for Taylor
The internationals may be a frustrating period for supporters, but tomorrow night is a potentially huge night for Taylor. His positive display in Cyprus is just one match. However, another good display at Hampden tomorrow night, if selected, would surely do wonders for his chances back at club-level.
Taylor hasn’t been given much of a chance to impress in Glasgow. Showing that he can compete at international level, of course, may just prove something to Lennon.
It’s likely to be Taylor’s last chance with Scotland for a while too. With Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney surely going to be ready for the playoffs in March, the Celtic man may be squeezed out of the national team once again.
So making an impression against the Kazakhs should mean more to Taylor than many others. He’s effectively playing for both his international and club place tomorrow night.
Even though Jonny Hayes has proved to be a reliable deputy at left-back behind Boli Bolingoli, he doesn’t have any international football on his CV over the last few years. Competitive internationals is something Taylor could hold over Hayes in their battle to be first-choice back-up to Boli.
Taylor will of course have his eyes set on eventually becoming our number one in the position. But with the position he’s in now, it’s simply vital he fends off the challenge of Hayes. A successful performance against Kazakhstan could give him a boost towards that.