Greg Taylor not part of Celtic squad vs Livingston - where is he?

By David Walton

October 6, 2019

Greg Taylor’s omission from today’s Celtic squad to face Livingston is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser.

The Hoops lost 2-0 to Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena today. It was a disaster from Neil Lennon’s side, who lost top spot to Rangers and now sit two points behind our Ibrox rivals.

There was so much wrong with this afternoon that it’s difficult to know where to start. However, one of the side-stories was the fact that Taylor was once again overlooked for his debut.

Greg Taylor has yet to play for Celtic (Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Instead, Neil Lennon once again went with Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo in West Lothian. There was nothing wrong with that in truth. Nobody would’ve complained at Boli starting the game. He was fine on Thursday night against Cluj, and Lennon clearly wanted to keep some consistency in the side.

However, the fact Taylor wasn’t in the squad at all was a concern. He had been in the previous squad against Hibs last week, but was an unused substitute. And, out of nowhere, he was suddenly dropped once more today.

Taylor’s chance will come, but it’s difficult to predict when

Lennon is an unpredictable manager. You can think certain players are out of the picture, before he throws him into his side out of nowhere. The same could happen for Taylor the closer we get to the winter break.

Celtic are surely going to need the former Kilmarnock man in the coming weeks. However, there was no clarity from Lenny when talking about the game post-match. Hopefully, there’s no form of injury knock.

Taylor dropped out of the squad altogether today (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Taylor, of course, was seen in Celtic’s training video before the Cluj game (Celtic FC – Youtube). He didn’t seem to be carrying any sort of niggling injury. But he’s now been at the club for over a month and we’ve still to see him get a minute of action on the pitch.

Of course, Taylor isn’t the only player that Celtic fans can question of their whereabouts. The likes of Marian Shved and Daniel Arzani still haven’t made an impact since the league campaign began. You would hope we would start to see more of them before the turn of the year too.

Boli continues to feature every week (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But Taylor’s omission is an odd one. He remains highly-rated, and has plenty of experience in Scottish football. You would think he’ll be back in the fold sooner rather than later.

For now, however, it’s difficult to see why he hasn’t been given some minutes yet.