Greg Taylor will enjoy a different Rugby Park experience tonight

By Hamish Carton

January 22, 2020

Greg Taylor will revisit Rugby Park this evening, but he may find things a little different from last time.

The Celtic left-back last featured at the Ayrshire ground back in August, in his final game before completing a summer move to Parkhead.

He was also a rather fiery participant the last time we visited Ayrshire – in a game that he and the vast majority of the Celtic support won’t be able to forget.

Greg Taylor playing against Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The date was February 17th 2019 as the Hoops trekked over to Kilmarnock for an important league clash.

It was a frustrating afternoon under the lights as it took us until second half stoppage time to earn a crucial win – through a mixture of Scott Brown’s right foot and Alex Bruce’s hand.

The celebrations that day were incredible as 9,000 odd Hoops fans basked in the euphoria of Brown winning the league at Rugby Park. Kind of.

Taylor in the midst of the celebrations (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Taylor could spark his Celtic career into life at Rugby Park

As we prepare to visit the stadium again tonight, so much has changed in the intervening period.

Both teams have new managers. Kilmarnock have had two of them. Celtic will have roughly half the allocation inside the stadium. Taylor will be in the opposite camp.

Names like Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah, who featured that day, have almost been written from history.

Former Celtic man Timothy Weah (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Taylor fought with the latter in the closing stages of the fiery Sunday clash last year.

The pair squared up after the match following a couple of controversial moments in its dying embers.

It was a fire that we’ve not yet see ignite inside the left-back in his time at Celtic Park. Taylor has had to settle for occasional appearances thus far, playing second fiddle to Boli Bolingoli and even Jonny Hayes.

But after starting at Firhill at the weekend, he may now be eyeing up on assault on first-team football.

Maybe tonight, at the ground where Taylor made his name, he could spark his Celtic career into life.