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Kilmarnock have quoted a £3m price tag for their left-back Greg Taylor, as Celtic enquire about the potential Kieran Tierney replacement, according to The Daily Record.
Per the report, Neil Lennon’s men contacted Killie this week to discuss the 21-year-old’s future and ask how much the club wanted for the left-back. They then retorted with the £3m figure, a fee that the Celts are unlikely to stretch to, despite wanting another left-sided defender in.
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Having lost Tierney to Arsenal and Emilio Izaguirre to Motagua, those at Parkhead feel another left-back is needed. Despite signing Boli Bolingoli for £3m, the club believe that another body is needed to provide the Belgian with competition this season.
However, even after being quoted at £3m, the Celts are reportedly set to open the bidding at £1m and potentially a player going the other way on loan. But with the window closing on the 2nd of September, there’s not a lot of haggling time left for the Celts.
It’s not the time to worry over the cost of a potential new arrival with such little time left in the window.
In Taylor, Celtic would be signing a player more than capable at Premiership level and one who has shown the step-up to international football to be easy. He made his debut in Belgium, against the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, and more than held his own.
The 21-year-old should be brought in not just because he’s a good player, but because Bolingoli could be the opposite. It’s early in the Belgian’s Parkhead career, but there have been ominous signs that he looks more like a Cristian Gamboa style full-back than a Mikael Lustig success story.
Bringing in Taylor would allow Lennon to give Bolingoli a proper bedding in period, rather than throwing him in at the deep end, like he’s doing now, and then being surprised by his lack of confidence after struggling.
While £3m may seem a little steep for a defender who has only played in Europe twice, the club will surely want to avoid a repeat of the John McGinn shambles of last summer and just bring in the player capable of strengthening a depleted squad.