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Rangers should hijack Celtic's reported interest in £1m Greg Taylor

3rd April 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Kilmarnock; Greg Taylor and Stuart Findlay of Kilmarnock  block the way for Marc McNulty...

Celtic reportedly want Greg Taylor but why aren't Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers in the conversation anymore?

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...

Let's face it, Rangers need a new left-back this summer and challenging Celtic for Greg Taylor doesn't seem like a bad idea.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard left Borna Barisic out of his squad entirely on Sunday, meaning that Jon Flanagan and midfielder Andy Halliday are the club's only options for that role if the Croat leaves.

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According to The Record on Monday, Celtic are 'ramping up' interest in the Kilmarnock defender, who is valued at around £1 million, but Rangers should be all over it too.

Flanagan had an up-and-down first season at Ibrox last term and Halliday, as noted above, is a midfielder by trade, not a left-back. Even if he does give 110% in that role, passion doesn't make him a better left-back than Taylor.

 

The Record claimed in June that Gerrard did want him at Rangers, but Celtic are favourites now and renewing an interest makes total sense.

Plus, the light Blues might have an advantage given the fact that the 21-year-old is not only a boyhood fan of the club, but he was on the books at Auchenhowie as a schoolboy.

The Hoops might need an additional Kieran Tierney replacement following Boli Bolingoli's inauspicious start to life at Parkhead, but Barisic's omission is evidence that Rangers need Taylor just as badly and if a shortage of left-back options costs Gerrard's side this season, there's no excuse if the Scot dazzles on the other side of the Old Firm divide.

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,...

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