"He was the scapegoat"; Premiership player impressed by Greg Taylor's big turnaround at Celtic

By Dave Flanigan

August 13, 2022

Kilmarnock midfielder Rory McKenzie has praised his former teammate Greg Taylor who has become an essential part of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side.

Taylor was a youth academy graduate at Kilmarnock before his move to Glasgow in 2019, and McKenzie believes that his success was inevitable, having played with the 24 year old for the entirety of his first team career in Ayrshire.

As reported by The Herald, he said: “I’m pleased for him and what he has achieved. He came on the scene later on than some players and he was flung in at the deep end but did well.

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“He’s gone on to great things and he’s beginning to prove himself. We know how good he is and he’s beginning to show the Celtic fans that as well. He was Mr Consistent here and he did his job well. He came in at a good time when we had a good team under Steve and he flourished.

“He has now reaped the rewards by getting his move to Celtic. He has come from Kilmarnock and at times he was the scapegoat. I’m pleased for him but we have to forget about friendships this weekend.”

The main benefactor of Postecoglou’s philosophy

Since his arrival in Glasgow, few at Celtic benefitted from Postecoglou’s style as much as Taylor. The Scotland international’s strengths are utilised in totality by the Aussie’s preference for inverted full-backs in build-up, and the ‘Mr Consistent’ moniker is fitting for a player who has become un-droppable this calendar year as Celtic motored to their 52nd league title.

New signing Alexandro Bernabei was a necessary recruit to provide cover in such a key position, but is yet to see a minute of competitive game-time, with Taylor playing every minute of both of Celtic’s league games so far.

It’s a welcome luxury for Postecoglou, who can ease the Argentine in, knowing that barring injury, there is no requirement for Bernabei to be fast-tracked into the starting eleven as he adjusts to life in Glasgow off the pitch.

It would be hardly surprising to see the Greenock-born full-back start once again on his return to his old haunt when Celtic take on Kilmarnock tomorrow at Rugby Park.

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