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Greg Taylor Describes His Start to Life as a Celtic Player as ‘Not Ideal’

Greg Taylor Describes His Start to Life as a Celtic Player as ‘Not Ideal’

Greg Taylor has admitted his short time as a Celtic player has ‘not been ideal’ as the Scotland international gears-up for Tuesday’s match with Kazakhstan.

Taylor was expected to become Celtic’s first-choice left-back when he joined the Hoops from Kilmarnock on transfer deadline day, but the form of Boli Bolingoli has consigned the 22-year-old to just one solitary start for the Premiership champions so far this season.

Despite his lack of playing time domestically, Taylor was given the nod to start Scotland’s 2-1 win over Cyprus in Nicosia yesterday, and the defender seems pretty positive about his future.

Speaking via the Sun, Taylor explained: “Obviously it’s not been ideal not playing as much as I would have liked, but you have just got to be patient. It’s a massive club I’m at. And I enjoyed my 90 minutes.

“It was a tough game, a battling second half certainly. I thought first half we had a decent bit of control in the game, but certainly Cyprus grew into it in the second half.

“When they levelled we showed a good mentality and job done, on to Tuesday.

“It was frustrating to lose the goal, it was a hell of a finish from the boy. But to go on and create for John, it’s a great finish from John as well, and for that to be the winning goal for us was nice.

“I have not been in any squads with Kieran, he has unfortunately been injured, but Andy has been great with myself, always giving me pointers here and there.

“He is a good captain and a great team-mate.

“I’m thankful I managed to get a chance on Saturday and hopefully get another on Tuesday, but I wish Kieran and Andy all the best with their fitness.

“In football it’s about taking opportunities, it’s probably when you least expect it you get them.

“Hopefully I have done enough to keep my place for Tuesday and beyond that who will know, it’s up to the gaffer, but I certainly enjoyed Saturday.”

Given the up-turn in form of Bolingoli, it remains to be seen if Taylor will be able to oust the Belgian defender from Neil Lennon’s regular starting XI, but who would you pick if you were in Lennon’s shoes?

And will Taylor remain a Scotland regular if he can’t break into the Celtic team?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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