Report: Greg Taylor to join Celtic within days, £3m fee

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Celtic are reportedly closing in on Kilmarnock defender Greg Taylor.

A dejected Greg Taylor of Kilmarnock after scoring am own goal to make it 1-0 during the UEFA Champions League Qualification first leg match between Connah's Quay Nomads and Kilmarnock on...

According to The Herald, Celtic will sign Kilmarnock defender Greg Taylor within a matter of days, for a fee believed to be in the region of £3million.

The Bhoys have lost left back Kieran Tierney to Arsenal in a big-money deal, whilst Emilio Izaguirre decided to return to Honduras with Motagua.

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Boli Bolingoli has arrived to replenish the left back ranks, but one more player in that position has been wanted, and preferably a more defensively solid option than Bolingoli.

 

Scotland international Taylor has emerged as a top target having shown his defensive solidity under Steve Clarke, and it's now claimed that Taylor will complete his move to Parkhead within a matter of days, with the Bhoys paying around £3million.

The 21-year-old didn't train on Friday and then missed Kilmarnock's game against Aberdeen on Saturday, which seemed to point towards a move being close – despite the official line being an injury.

It now seems that Celtic will land their man, and it's something of an unexpected move given Taylor's allegiance towards Celtic's bitter rivals Rangers.

Kevin De Bruyne (7) of Belgium in action against Greg Taylor (23) of Scotland during a UEFA European Qualifying Group I match between Belgium and Scotland at King Baudouin Stadium in...

Not only did Taylor come up through the Rangers ranks before leaving in 2014, but he confirmed to the Daily Record in 2017 that he grew up supporting the Gers.

Given the bitter rivalry between the two sides, seeing a boyhood Rangers fan head to Parkhead to don the famous green and white hoops is something that few would have expected.

Taylor looks set to make that move though, and if the deal is done, his first game for Celtic could, ironically, be against Rangers at Ibrox next weekend.

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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