Kilmarnock's Greg Taylor could be of use to Celtic

By Hamish Carton

August 8, 2019

Celtic should make sure they stay up to date with developments regarding Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor, as they aim to strengthen their options at left-back.

The Hoops are likely to be in the market for a new full-back after Kieran Tierney closed in on a blockbuster £25million to move to Arsenal on Wednesday night. Neil Lennon has only new recruit Boli-Bolingoli Mbombo and winger Jonny Hayes who can play the role. Neither are likely to fill the Celtic support with real confidence.

So should Celtic be making a move for Scotland international Taylor?

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Would a move for Taylor make sense for Celtic?

It looks like the 21-year-old could soon be on the move from Rugby Park. The Ayrshire side are reported to have rejected at least one bid – of around £500,000 – from Bundesliga 2 side Nurnberg. The Germans are likely to return at some stage with a higher offer and Celtic could well do with keeping an ear to the ground.

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The Daily Record report that Taylor is a “transfer option” for Celtic after Tierney closed in on his move down south. The Killie man is often seen as a lite-version of Tierney, with their playing styles very similar. Both are quick on foot, capable defenders and a real attacking outlet in the final third.

The problem for Celtic is that Taylor probably isn’t quite at the level to step into Tierney’s boots just yet. The youngster certainly has potential, and coped well for Scotland against Belgium in June, but whether he can handle the step up to Champions League level is not yet known.

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It would be a risk to replace £25million Tierney with Taylor for a fraction of the price. But is there room for Taylor, Bolingoli and another left-back? That’s the issue that Neil Lennon may well be pondering. Celtic could sign Taylor and loan him back to Kilmarnock for the rest of the season. Or better yet, they could bring Taylor in and move Bolingoli further up the pitch where we’re after left-wingers.

It’s a tough one to weigh up for the Northern Irishman. But you kind of feel that Celtic can’t afford to miss out on a player of Taylor’s potential.