Celtic’s Greg Taylor made only his second start for the Hoops in the 3-1 Europa League win over Rennes on Thursday night.
The game was a successful one for both the player and the club. Taylor enjoyed a winning a European debut for the Hoops, and Celtic clinched top spot in Group E of the Europa League.
However, Taylor was left with one regret from the game. That is, Celtic’s failure to keep a clean sheet. The Hoops were on the verge of only their second clean sheet of the group stages until Adrien Honou’s late header.
Taylor was disappointed that the Hoops didn’t manage to hang on for the clean sheet, and that he and goalkeeper Fraser Forster discussed the goal following the game.
“Hold your hands up”
“Fraser and I chatted about losing the goal after the game as we applauded the fans. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up – their goal was a great ball in and a great header. It hurts a wee bit, but, overall, we deserved the win, and we’re delighted to finish top of our group with at least 13 points” he said, as reported by the official Celtic website.
Taylor shouldn’t be too downhearted about the late goal the Hoops conceded. It doesn’t take away from what was another great victory in Europe for the Hoops, and an all too rare appearance from Taylor in a Celtic jersey.
Player’s reaction is understandable
However, it would annoy a defender when a team concedes a consolation goal in the last few minutes of the game, so Taylor’s reaction is understandable.
The Hoops left-back will now be hoping for a run of games in the Celtic side. You have to imagine that he will keep his place in the team to face Ross County on Sunday. If he can put together a run of games for the Hoops he will quickly forget about the disappointment of the Hoops conceding that goal.