Plenty of Celtic players were worthy of a special mention following their 5-0 win over Hearts on Wednesday evening and Greg Taylor deserved the praise he earned from Neil Lennon.
Taylor made his fourth straight start in the SPFL earlier this week as he continued to consolidate his position in the starting XI.
The 22-year-old received criticism from disgruntled supporters during the 4-1 win over Hamilton earlier this month but, if his manager’s words are anything to go by, he is continuing to improve with every passing game.
In the aftermath of Celtic’s thumping midweek victory, Lennon had this to say about the left-back’s display, per BBC Sport.
“If you’ve got three really strong centre halves, that gives you the three in midfield and if you have pace out wide – which we do – then you can utilise that as well.
“I thought that Greg Taylor had an outstanding game last night (a 5-0 win over Hearts). One of his best since he came here.”
With the Europa League clash against FC Copenhagen looming on the imminent horizon, Lennon has some big decisions to make regarding squad selection.
Boli Bolingoli has been the first choice left-back for much of the season so far, but his absence since the turn of the year combined with Taylor’s growing stature suggests the dynamic has shifted within the squad.
The Belgian defender was a quality asset in 2019, particularly as an attacking threat as he contributed three assists in all competitions for the Hoops before adding another to his tally against Clyde this month, but his 5ft 8 first-team rival has staked a strong claim to be considered the club’s first choice in that position.
The 48-year-old manager is clearly impressed with what’s seen from the Scotland international signed from Kilmarnock last summer, and it seems the player has put himself in contention to start in Denmark next week.
Either way, the fact Lennon has two high quality options to choose from at left-back can only be viewed as a welcome dilemma for the SPFL table toppers.
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