Scotland international Greg Taylor has now officially played more minutes with the national team this season than he has with Celtic.
The Hoops signed him from Kilmarnock over the summer, but he’s made next to no impact so far. He’s yet to be given a run of games to prove himself, and has only made one Celtic appearance since joining the club. That came in an 88-minute run-out against St Mirren a couple of weeks ago.
But Taylor also managed the full 90 minutes for Scotland against Cyrpus yesterday. This came thanks to injuries for both Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney respectively. Taylor also managed an assist to cap off a fine performance for his country in the 2-1 success.
He’s also been speaking about his club situation as he provided a rare update. Speaking to the BBC, Taylor admitted that he simply has to be patient.
“In football, it’s about taking opportunities and, when you least expect it, you get them.
“You keep a good base fitness – it’s important to do that regardless if you’re playing or not. I played against St Mirren a couple of weeks back, so it wasn’t all that long ago that I played.
“I know obviously it’s not been ideal – not playing as much as I’d have liked – but you’ve just got to be patient. It’s a massive team I’m at.”
Taylor has the right attitude, but he’s now in a real battle
It’s difficult to not be sorry for Taylor. After all, he’s just come off a season in which he was one of Steve Clarke’s golden boys at Kilmarnock. Last season, he played a fine 41 times for Killie (Transfermarkt). It’s been a massive shift for him with regards to game-time.
Now, however, he finds himself in a battle he probably didn’t think he’d be fighting at Celtic – the one against Jonny Hayes.
Hayes has been Celtic’s most used substitute this season with 16 appearances to his name. Despite playing mostly in the same position as Taylor, Hayes still has 15 more matches under his belt than the former Kilmarnock star.
When Taylor arrived, we all would’ve thought his main rival was Boli Bolingoli. That’s still the case for the most part, but Hayes has thrown a real spanner in the works here.
Taylor will almost surely get his chance as the season goes on. He showed his worth against Cyprus yesterday, and continues to look impressive on the rare occasions we get a sight of him.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Christmas season unfolds for him in particular. But for now, it’s vital he continues his momentum against Kazakhstan on Tuesday night.