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Report: Celtic ramp up interest in Greg Taylor; will have to pay £1m plus

Greg Taylor of Kilmarnock vies with James Forrest of Celtic during he Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Celtic at Rugby Park on February 17, 2019 in Kilmarnock,...

Celtic are on the hunt for another left-back, will Greg Taylor tick their boxes?

Greg Taylor of Kilmarnock vies with James Forrest of Celtic during he Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Celtic at Rugby Park on February 17, 2019 in Kilmarnock,...

Celtic are ramping up their interest in Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor, The Daily Record report.

The paper say that the club sent scout Tosh McKinlay to New Douglas Park on Saturday as Killie took on Hamilton in Scottish Premiership action, with the former Hoops full-back compiling a report on Taylor specifically.

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The move comes as Neil Lennon is set to meet Peter Lawwell and the rest of the recruitment team at Celtic Park to discuss strengthening the squad before the end of the summer transfer window, according to the report.

The Hoops badly need reinforcements in the left-back position with new signing Boli Bolingoli the only natural and specialised choice currently available.

 

After selling Kieran Tierney to Arsenal for £25m, Celtic have plenty of money to re-invest into the squad. However, that could also see selling teams drive up the price of their assets.

The Daily Record say that Killie will demand at least double the fee they have already rejected from Bundesliga 2 side Nurnberg, plus add-ons.

BBC Scotland previously reported last month that the Ayrshire outfit had rejected a £500,000 offer from the Germans. That means a seven-figure fee will be needed to land the Scottish international.

As cheaper options go, Taylor may not be a bad one.

Jonathan Hayes of Celtic battles for possession with Greg Taylor of Kilmarnock FC during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on April 27,...

Proving himself to be an effective Scottish top-flight performer with Killie, making 130 appearances in total for the club, the 21-year-old has potential to improve further.

His form was considered so good over the last 12 months that he was called up to the Scotland squad in place of an injured Tierney for summer qualifying matches.

Unless there are elite left-backs available on the market within Celtic's price range, including wages, then a move for the Killie man should be worth the relatively modest outlay.

Greg Taylor of Scotland and Youri Tielemans of Belgium fight for the ball during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group I qualifying match between Belgium and Scotland at King Baudouin...

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