"It fits my game"; Greg Taylor loving the Celtic role given to him by Ange
Celtic defender Greg Taylor has talked up the role given to him by Ange Postecoglou this season.
Taylor has been one of Ange’s reliable figures this term as Celtic have romped to a 6-point lead at the top of the Premiership. Greg has been key to that having managed 30 appearances in total this term despite a 3-month absence [Transfermarkt].
The Celtic boss has often used inverted full-backs, forcing the likes of Taylor to come inside and play with a touch more pressure on the ball. Something he hadn’t previously done under Neil Lennon.
But the Scotland international is having a fine season as he continues to win the trust of the support, and he believes the new style suits his game overall. Speaking via Celtic TV, Taylor said: “It’s been a successful season personally in terms of I’ve really enjoyed the way the manager wants to play. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve tried to improve in each game and training session.
“I had the difficult spell when I was out injured of course. I missed 3 months of football which was disappointing because as a footballer you don’t want to miss one minute never mind 3 months. So during that period I tried to work as hard as I could to be ready when I came back. Thankfully the manager has put a lot of trust in myself and put me straight back into the team, and I’ve not missed too many.
“When I was younger I played midfield a wee bit and at Kilmarnock previously I also played a few times in midfield under Steve Clarke. So it’s a position that I had played but I hadn’t played it all that often. I’m not playing midfield as such but at the right moments you’re coming inside. It fits my game I think. I’ve taken to it well but there are still a lot of improvements I could be making.”
Greg Taylor making the most of his Celtic opportunities under Ange Postecoglou
Taylor has certainly been making the most of his big Celtic opportunity under Ange this season. If you went back to the start of the campaign, fan opinion on him was a lot different. Not many wanted him anywhere near the first-team this year.
Yet Greg has proven himself more than capable of competing both domestically and in Europe. He’s provided Jota in particular with a great wide partner and always makes himself available for the ball. Say what you want about Greg, but he’s always ready to receive possession even when under pressure.
We’ve actually been able to see a much more confident Taylor performing this season. Technically he’s looked extremely impressive and has shown a burst of pace when needed this year too.
Of course, there are still some who will believe that Celtic need an upgrade. That we effectively need another player on the left as effective as Josip Juranovic is on the right.
You can understand that way of thinking, and Ange may very well bolster the position this summer. But look at the league table. Taylor’s role in that shouldn’t be underestimated, not least considering his performances against Rangers in 2022.
You can see how much he’s enjoying his football, and clearly that’s translating onto the pitch. Credit to Greg for his turnaround this season – he more than deserves it.