Our View: Unlikely Celtic partnership may have formed in recent game

By John Reid

January 21, 2020

One interesting aspect of Celtic’s recent 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle was the link-up play between Greg Taylor and Callum McGregor.

Taylor was on the attack for much of the game, which was to be expected, as Celtic didn’t really play with wingers in the game due to injuries.

Midfielder drifted over to support full-back

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor (Photo by Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, what was perhaps unexpected was how often McGregor, who was playing as a midfielder, drifted over to the wing to provide Taylor with support.

Perhaps the reason for that is that McGregor has played on the left for the Hoops before. Indeed, he played at left-back for Celtic in the 4-3 loss to Cluj earlier this season.

Obviously he wasn’t a left-back against Partick. However, perhaps he could provide support for Taylor again when the Hoops take on Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

If Celtic are without wingers once more for the game against Kilmarnock then Neil Lennon might well be forced to once more play his two full-backs as auxiliary attackers.

Partnership could occur once more

Greg Taylor celebrates a Celtic goal (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Should that be the case then the Taylor-McGregor partnership could once more be used against Kilmarnock.

It makes sense for Taylor to start at Rugby Park for the Hoops. He is used to the artificial surface that Kilmarnock play on, having been a Kilmarnock player for years.

He might well spend most of the game on the attack for the Hoops. McGregor may once more decide to support Taylor by drifting over and helping the full-back.

This won’t be a full-time partnership for the Hoops. You would expect the likes of James Forrest to return for Celtic when he is once more fit.

However, for the time being, McGregor and Taylor could form an unlikely partnership for the Hoops. Who knows, should the duo perform well against Kilmarnock maybe they will once more team-up for Celtic when the occasion calls for it.