Greg Taylor's classy response to Ibrox pre-match bluster; Celtic boss will be proud

By Hamish Carton

March 1, 2023

Celtic defender Greg Taylor has delivered a classy response to Rangers’ pre-match bluster.

The Ibrox side had plenty to say in the lead-up to Sunday’s League Cup final showdown at Hampden.

Celtic remained respectful throughout the build-up, and then took charge once the game kicked off, winning the cup courtesy of a 2-1 victory.

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After the game, Taylor was asked about the importance of Celtic silencing their rivals. He gave an answer right out of the Ange Postecoglou playbook.

“I don’t think we are about making points to other teams,” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

“Rangers are a good opponent. It was a difficult game. We just focus on ourselves and set our own benchmarks in terms of a level of performance. Hopefully we can continue to do that as the rest of the season goes on.

“I felt we deserved to win it. In the first half we had good control of the match. We were the dominant team. When we got the second goal, after that we maybe got a wee bit slack in our play and Rangers obviously came back into the game.

“We stood up to the challenge in that spell. There are always going to be points in the game against a good opponent where they have spells but we’re just glad that we played our football and came out of it with the trophy.”

The comments are pretty similar to the ones that we reported yesterday from Postecoglou.

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It is clear that this Celtic team has a singular focus. Anything that goes on outwith the four walls of Lennoxtown or Celtic Park is not important to them.

They focus on what they can control – how they each act on and off the pitch.

Taylor had an opportunity to let rip at the mouthy Gers, and it probably would have been fair game had he done so.

His classy comments give our rivals nothing to go on. We’ll let them do their thing, while we do ours better.

In other news, Celtic fans can watch tonight as Scott Brown’s Fleetwood Town aim for the last eight of the FA Cup