Greg Taylor has showcased the levels Celtic summer signings must reach
After taking home all three points in the opening game of the season, there were many positives for Celtic to take from the victory.
Goals from Stephen Welsh and Jota helped the Bhoys on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win over Jim Goodwin’s new-look Aberdeen side.
Of course, Celtic’s attacking play on the afternoon has taken home a lot of the plaudits. However, other aspects of the performance have been praised by supporters.
One player who was heavily praised on social media for his part to play in Sunday’s win was Celtic full-back, Greg Taylor.
The 24-year-old came into the new season off the back of a strong end to last campaign, becoming a consistent performer under Ange Postecoglou.
Taylor’s performances in the second half of the season led to many feeling excited about how the Scotland internationalist could develop working with the 56-year-old.
Despite a positive end to the season, it became clear that Postecoglou was keen to add another left-back option capable of challenging Taylor.
That saw the arrival of Argentinan full-back Alexandro Bernabei.
Bernabei arrived just in time to feature for the Hoops during pre-season and showcased his raw potential in the minutes he was given to perform.
Although the full-back might have arrived at Parkhead with a lot of excitement surrounding his move, one thing that has been made clear by Greg Taylor’s early season performance is he has a fight on his hands to earn his spot in this team.
The former Kilmarnock man showed perfectly on Sunday afternoon the sort of levels that the Argentine under-23s internationalist will need to perform at in order to become a consistent member of the starting 11.
And that message doesn’t just go for Bernabei either. The likes of Moritz Jenz and Aaron Mooy will have to show in training and games that they are up to the standard Postecoglou is looking for.
That can only be a good thing for the Bhoys, with plenty of players fighting for their place in the squad and keeping the current first-team starters on top of their game due to the risk of being replaced.
This summer’s recruitment drive may have been exciting to watch, but it is now up to our new recruits to show they have what it takes to keep up with the standards of this Celtic side.
Players such as Greg Taylor showed what they are made of last season and are looking to continue that form into the 2022/23 campaign.