Injury news could provide on-form Celtic star with deserved international opportunity

By Lewis Laird

September 12, 2022

Celtic defender Greg Taylor could be set for a starting role in the Scotland national team, thanks to his strong beginning to the new season.

The 24-year-old is now seen as one of the more senior members of the Hoops squad, having joined the club from Kilmarnock in 2019.

Taylor made a slow start to life at Parkhead under former boss Neil Lennon but has since had his career rejuvenated once again upon the arrival of Ange Postecoglou.

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The 57-year-old has allowed the left-back to thrive within his attacking system, playing as an inverted full-back which has been a key feature in Taylor’s game over the past 12 months.

The Scotland internationalist made a strong end to the 2021/22 campaign. But, during the summer, there were still calls for the arrival of a new left-back, which came in the form of Alexandro Bernabei.

So far this season, Bernabei hasn’t had much of a sniff at action, making just one start due to the brilliant form of Greg Taylor.

The ex-Killie man looks to have taken his game to a new level, putting in impressive performances consistently, including during last week’s Champions League group stage opener against Real Madrid.

Whilst his form could earn him a place in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for up-and-coming internationals, it still seemed unlikely he would hold a starting role.

Liverpool full-back and national team captain Andy Robertson has that role nailed down and was expected to continue in the fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Ukraine.

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However, this afternoon, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Robertson was likely to be ruled out until after the international break due to injury.

Former Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is all but certain to return to the international fold, which could see him take up Robertson’s role.

However, under Steve Clarke, the Arsenal defender has enjoyed success playing as part of the back three, and the Scotland boss could look to continue that on his return to international action.

So, this could open the door for Greg Taylor to earn a well-deserved starting spot in the Scotland side for this month’s international fixtures.

Currently, Taylor has seven caps, all of which have come under Clarke, who the full-back also worked closely with during his days at Rugby Park.

But, it is fair to say he is yet to earn a real run in the team due to the quality of players that play in the same position.

There is still likely to be plenty of competition coming from Tierney, as well as Brentford’s Aaron Hickey for that place in the starting line-up.

However, after such a brilliant start to the 2022/23 season, Greg Taylor is more than deserving of that place and in my opinion, he should be slotting straight into the defence.

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Having competed at Champions League level and helping the Bhoys achieve a 100% start to the new league campaign, there isn’t much more that the Celtic defender could do to earn his place.

So, with this latest injury blow to Andy Robertson, it could provide Taylor with the opportunity to step up and show how much he has improved for both club and country.

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