Greg Taylor’s Celtic career has been a bit stop-start to say the least.
He has found it difficult to hold down a regular first-team place, at times losing his place to Jonny Hayes and Boli Bolingoli.
It should be remembered that he signed for the Hoops at the start of September, and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of October, in a 2-0 win over St Mirren.
Back in October, Lennon disclosed that he had discussions with Taylor about his lack of game time.
“Greg has to be patient. We’ve had a chat with him about it, and he knows the situation…but he’ll be patient, and I am sure that when his chance comes he will take it” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
Now Taylor’s patience looks to be paying off, as he could be set for a run of games in the Hoops first-team.
Lennon was full of praise for Taylor at his press conference ahead of the weekend’s game against Hamilton.
The Hoops boss declared himself ‘delighted’ with how Taylor played against St Johnstone on Wednesday night.
He feels that the player should be pleased with his performance in the game.
“I was delighted with Greg Taylor’s performance too, and he should be delighted with his performance as well” Lennon said, as quoted by the club’s Twitter account.
🗣️ NL: “Against St Johnstone, we played with zest, quality, we had a great attitude, and we scored good goals. I was delighted with Greg Taylor’s performance too, and he should be delighted with his performance as well.” #HAMCEL #SPFL
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 30, 2020
Taylor should take a huge vote of confidence from Lennon’s comments. Lennon is correct about one thing, the player should be delighted with how he performed.
It showcased all that was good about Taylor.
He defended well when he had to, but also put in a number of dangerous crosses into the penalty box.
One of the crosses led to a goal for Leigh Griffiths.
Should be first-pick for foreseeable future
However, no matter how well he played, Taylor can’t get carried away.
He will know that he could be out of the team again.
Jonny Hayes and Boli Bolingoli will always be candidates to get back into the team, when the fits their style of play.
However, following the St Johnstone display Taylor deserves a run of games in the side.
Judging by Lennon’s comments it sounds like he is going to get that run.