Greg Taylor shares insight into Celtic's St Mirren reaction

By John McGinley

October 1, 2022

Greg Taylor has shared that all of the international players returned to Lennoxtown for a debrief of the defeat to St Mirren, insisting that the Celtic camp is eager to right the wrongs of that day.

The Bhoys are heading into today’s encounter with Motherwell of the back of a 2-0 loss that has been stewed on for two weeks, which will not have been a nice feeling for the players, especially those who weren’t on international duty.

Taylor knows that the upcoming period before the World Cup is critical for the direction of the season at home and abroad.

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Speaking to Celtic TV, he said: “We know this next part until the winter break is going to be hectic but it’s such a vital part of our season. It’s a lot of big games in different competitions, so as a squad we’re ready to go and hit it head on, get the results and, more importantly, the performances we need.

“This [Thursday] is the first day we’ve had a debrief on the game before the break. It was disappointing – not just the result but our performance. All the boys are eager to put on a performance the fans deserve. They’ve had to sit on it for a couple of weeks while we’ve been playing international football, so we’re looking forward to getting back out there.

“Motherwell will be a difficult opponent, they’ve had a change of manager and they’re playing a wee bit more out from the back, trying to play more football. So that again brings with it more challenges for us. But as a team we try to focus on what we do and bringing our strengths to the party. And if we can do that on Saturday, we know we will be difficult to stop. But equally we know we need to be right at it.”

Taylor will be one of the dressing room leaders setting the tone for today’s performance. He’s been a big part of Ange Postecoglou’s squad on and off the pitch over the last 12 months, supporting captain Callum McGregor.

The team need to come flying out of the traps against the Steelmen and show supporters that the trip to Paisley was just a blip on the road to better things this season.

If the team perform in the manner we know they can, there is unlikely to be a repeat of the recent defeat.

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