Not just Ange showing attitude; Greg Taylor makes light of predictable Celtic squad question
It was the first press conference Celtic left-back Greg Taylor had done in quite a while, but clearly Ange Postecoglou’s lack of leniency for predictable questions is rubbing off.
Taylor came back into the side on Sunday. In a 75-minute showing, the former Kilmarnock man negated any threat Dundee United had on the right, while getting into central positions on a regular basis. Complimenting Juranovic well on the opposite flank, it was a solid outing from the Scotland international.
However, there remain questions over various Celtic positions ahead of the January window. Amongst them is left-back. Taylor had been out with a shoulder injury, with Juranovic covering his spot. Liam Scales, Boli Bolingoli and Adam Montgomery can also fill in, but with the Celtic manager set to bring new faces in, chiefly Reo Hatate, there could be more competition.
Asked about this, and the likelihood of another player to battle, Taylor seemed to have little time for squad chat.
He said [Celtic FC]:
“Be as well just copying and pasting this for every press I do…
“There is always going to be competition in every place. At the size of this club, it’s normal.
“Every player looks to relish it and hopefully it brings the squad stronger.”
Approach to media from Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou clearly impacting on players like Greg Taylor
In fairness, imagine how annoying it must be. You’ve come back from injury, played well, and the second question you get in your media duties is about potentially being replaced.
But players have seemingly learned that they can answer these questions almost how they like. Ange Postecoglou certainly doesn’t take any prisoners if he feels a question is daft.
This wasn’t quite as egregious, but Taylor clearly wasn’t best pleased at the timing of the question. Yes, his official line is that transfers will make the team better, but what else is he meant to say? It’s an impossible position to put a player in, and the likelihood of an authentic answer is minimal.
Certainly, you’d hope that the players take any new arrivals as a challenge to raise their standards. That’s what every player says. If they had a strop in front of the media about there being too much competition, well it doesn’t bear thinking about.
So fair play to Greg Taylor for keeping his cool with a quick sarcastic opener as opposed to losing the rag completely.
The next step is for him to build on his solid showing on Sunday, and prove the doubters wrong.