"We are all ready" - Greg Taylor explains how Celtic are preparing for tricky Killie surface

By Lewis Laird

August 10, 2022

Celtic defender Greg Taylor has insisted another full week of training will stand Ange Postecoglou’s side in good stead for this weekend’s trip to Rugby Park.

It has been a positive start to the 2022/23 season, with the Bhoys kicking proceedings off by picking up six points from their first two games.

Potentially tricky fixtures against Aberdeen and Ross County haven’t fazed Ange Postecoglou’s side, who have continued their impressive league unbeaten run.

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This weekend, Celtic are set to head on another away trip, taking on recently promoted side Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Of course, Celtic supporters are well aware of the task ahead. However, for much of this squad, it will be their first outing against Kilmarnock.

One member of the squad who knows best what Killie can offer is left-back Greg Taylor, who spent six years there, coming through the club’s academy.

Arguably one of the Hoops’ biggest tests for this weekend’s game is the astroturf playing surface.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, Taylor opened up on how the Bhoys will ready themselves before heading to play on another difficult surface.

It may not be what they are used to week in, week out; however, that won’t affect Celtic’s preparations all that much as they look to continue their 100% winning start to the new season.

He said [Celtic TV]: “I think we’ll just prepare the same way we always do. We’ve trained hard this week, and it’s been another good week’s break between the games.

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“So, it’s been a good chance to get work into the legs for the boys who have been playing and not. But we are all ready for the game on Sunday.”

Not only has it been a positive start for Celtic, but also from a personal point of view for Taylor. The left-back has impressed many supporters with his early performances.

It is fair to say that he has come on leaps and bounds since joining from Kilmarnock in 2019, and Taylor himself would agree with that statement.

Reflecting on how much he has progressed since his Kilmarnock days, he said: “Insane amounts, to be honest. Just from the amount I have learned from the moment I signed to still to this day.

“Every day, we try and get better. It’s a mantra of the manager, don’t ever waste a single minute of a training session or a game, whatever it is.

“So, I continue to try and do that and improve every day.”

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Summer additions have allowed Taylor to step performances up another level.

With the arrival of Alexandro Bernabei early in the summer window, many Celtic fans suspected that Greg Taylor would have a fight on his hands to keep his place in the side.

However, the left-back has kicked off the new season as he left the last, putting in yet more impressive performances as part of the Hoops back four.

The defender has become a reliable performer under Ange Postecoglou and looks to be taking his game to the next level.

It is easy to forget that he is just 24 years of age, and I am sure there is even more to come if he continues along this path working with the former Socceroos boss.

Bernabei may not be playing his part in the side at the moment. However, his arrival is having an impact on the starting 11, with Taylor playing some of the best football of his Celtic career.

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