Celtic pursuing Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor makes perfect sense

With Kieran Tierney completing his move away from Parkhead, Celtic have turned their attention to Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor to replace the £25m star, according to The Daily Record.

What’s the story?

Arsenal finally had £25m bid accepted and Tierney is gone but the club are wasting little time in looking for a replacement. With Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo the only recognised left-back at the club, Neil Lennon seemingly wants Taylor to back him up.

The club have him high-up on a list of names under consideration, but they might have to act fast to secure the services of the Scotland international. Bundesliga 2 side FC Nurnberg are also chasing his signature, with the German side already having a bid turned down for the left-back this summer, per The Scottish Sun.

The defender was a consistent performer in the Kilmarnock side that finished third in the Premiership last season, earning him his first Scotland cap in June.

An astute signing

With Nurnberg’s rejected bid only £500,000, it should mean any deal for the 21-year-old wouldn’t be too expensive. Not only would a fee in this ballpark, or slightly higher, represent a potential bargain, but it would also leave a large chunk of the Tierney money to be reinvested elsewhere in the squad.

One player who could be greatly impacted by this deal is Bolingoli-Mbombo. Signed for £3m from Rapid Vienna, he’ll be watching this saga with interest.

At that sort of fee, it’s no stretch to say he’d expect to play more often than Taylor, which could prove crucial – the last thing the club needs is one of their new signings throwing his toys out the pram, or even just feeling unsettled enough to impact his performances.

Most importantly, Taylor looks a real talent. His form last season and his impressive Scotland debut against Belgium point towards a player ready to make that jump to a big club.

It won’t be easy to replace Tierney, but in Taylor, Lennon can look to a cheap, under the radar signing that could prove to be a real bargain if he continues to perform at the level we’ve become used to, or simply serve as back-up to Bolingoli-Mbombo at the very worst.

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