Kris Commons labels impressive Celtic star as the most improved player in Scotland

By Lewis Laird

October 31, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has labelled left-back Greg Taylor as the most improved player in Scotland over the past 12 months.

The former Kilmarnock man arrived at Parkhead in the summer of 2019 and, alongside Boli Bolingoli, was tasked with replacing a huge figure at the club in Kieran Tierney.

At first, the 24-year-old struggled for game time, but slowly he became the number one left-back at the club before facing criticism for his performances under Neil Lennon.

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However, since the arrival of Ange Postecoglou, Taylor has taken his game to a new level and slotted nicely into the 57-year-old’s attacking system.

This season, in particular, has seen the Scotland international attract a lot of praise, with large sections of the support agreeing that the left-back is already in with a shout for the player of the year award at the end of the campaign.

Over the past week, Taylor has introduced goals into his game, scoring in two away victories over Hearts and Livingston, continuing to impress with his displays each week.

Writing in his weekly column for the Scottish Daily Mail, ex-Celtic man Kris Commons praised the defender for coming into his own over the past 12-18 months.

Commons labelled Taylor as the most improved player in the country, stating that he is the perfect example of why players should be given time.

He said [Scottish Daily Mail]: “When Greg Taylor arrived at Celtic in the summer of 2019, he had pretty much an impossible task on his hands. He was viewed as the man to replace Kieran Tierney. But, in reality, that was never going to happen.

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“Tierney is one of the best left-backs in Europe on his day. Taylor wasn’t at that level – but that’s not to say he wasn’t a good player in his own right. He got a bit of a raw deal. It felt like people were getting on his back and constantly comparing him to Tierney.

“That was neither fair nor helpful. Taylor was a young kid who arrived at Celtic on the back of a couple of good seasons at Kilmarnock. But now, it finally looks like he’s stepped out of Tierney’s shadow. Taylor has been one of the players of the season.

“On current form, I actually think he’s the most improved player in Scotland over the past 12 months or so. He marked his 100th appearance for Celtic by scoring an absolute screamer at Livingston yesterday. That followed on from him scoring the winner against Hearts at Tynecastle. He’s absolutely on fire at the moment.

“It’s not just the goals and assists. It’s his all-round game which has improved massively under Ange Postecoglou. He’s got so much more end-product to his game. He’s not scared to get forward and try to beat his man now.

“That comes down to confidence more than anything. Taylor finally looks like he belongs at Celtic and like he believes he’s good enough to be there.

“It’s been brilliant to see his development over the past year or so. But, especially this season, he has taken his game to a whole new level. It just shows you should never write a player off. Especially a young kid like Taylor was when arrived from Killie.

“They need time to develop and adjust to their new surroundings. Taylor is a perfect example of how patience can pay off with a player.”

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Taylor has been the perfect example of Postecoglou’s superb Celtic rebuilding job.

The point has already been made enough times, but the turnaround in this Celtic squad when working with Ange Postecoglou has been incredible, as demonstrated by another terrific victory on the road yesterday.

And there arguably isn’t a better example of that turnaround than Greg Taylor.

The left-back bought into what the former Socceroos boss was trying to do at Parkhead right from the off, and he is reaping the benefits of that every week.

Players such as Taylor or Anthony Ralston are perfect examples of being patient with players and never writing them off because you never know what another manager might get out of them.

Long may Taylor’s performances in the back four continue because he has been excellent all season and the most consistent performer within this side, in my opinion.

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