Celtic defender Greg Taylor has declared himself ready to have a strong end to the season despite recent fitness and injury concerns.

Taylor went through a period last month with niggling issues, with manager Ange Postecoglou admitting he was playing through a fitness problem and Scotland boss Steve Clarke not selecting him for international duty because of a “little” injury.

However, he has featured as a starter in the club’s last three wins over Kilmarnock, Rangers and Ross County and has now eased any lingering concern he is being hampered, ahead of some important matches.

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Greg Taylor ready to continue fine Celtic form

Taylor said [The Scotsman]: “I feel much better to be honest, touch wood. You go through parts of the season when you maybe have a wee phase of feeling it. Sometimes you need to patch yourself together a bit but these last couple of weeks I’ve felt really good and ready to finish the season strong.

“It’s the same with everyone. The manager is massive on the squad being the reason we’ve been so successful thus far. We know there’s still a way to go, but the boys who come in always perform to the same level – which is a credit to the squad.”

Should he be needed, Argentinian Alexandro Bernabei is waiting in the wings to take an opportunity when given to him. He came off the bench for Taylor in the second half against County and showed what he can offer with a wonderful late goal.

Nevertheless, Taylor is the prime option on the left-hand side of defence and, for some, is a player of the year contender. He’s really taken to the inverted full-back role that Postecoglou prefers, building his game to new heights in season two under the Australian.

Having him 100% fit for the upcoming match against Rangers is of particular importance with Taylor’s defensive discipline and competitive attitude becoming a major benefit in the derby of late. It’s great to hear all is well.

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