Celtic bid for Greg Taylor reportedly snubbed, as boss confirms exit talks

Angelo Alessio the head coach

Celtic continue to be linked with Kilmarnock's Greg Taylor.

Angelo Alessio the head coach

Kilmarnock boss Angelo Alessio has told The Scottish Sun that talks are being held about left back Greg Taylor leaving the club before Monday's deadline.

Taylor, 21, was on the books with Rangers before being released back in 2014, and he's become a star at Kilmarnock, playing regular first-team football.

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Taylor particularly thrived under Steve Clarke, and then earned his first Scotland cap earlier this year as Clarke took him into his new job.

 

The young left back is now a wanted man, and BBC Sport claim that Celtic have failed with a bid to bring Taylor back to Glasgow – only this time, to the green and white side.

That report notes that Sunderland have bowed out of the race for Taylor's signature, seemingly realising that they can't meet Kilmarnock's asking price.

Celtic would surely be favourites, but having failed with a bid, it remains to be seen whether Neil Lennon's side return with a new move before Monday's deadline.

Celtic are desperate for another left back having lost both Kieran Tierney and Emilio Izaguirre, and Taylor would make sense as competition for Boli Bolingoli.

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...

Now, Killie boss Alessio has suggested that talks are underway about an exit for the young left back, and whilst he hopes he stays at Rugby Park, he's realistic about a potential departure.

“I hope Greg can stay with us but I understand the situation. The deal is between the club and the other clubs,” said Alessio. “Every day I read abut Celtic and Sunderland. But it's only conversations. It's normal in this period of the market. It's difficult because I've already said we want to keep our best players.”

“I think right now I need to clarify the situation. There have been some conversations about Greg but at the moment it's only conversations. I don't think there has been a right offer for him. But I understand the situation. If the club receives the right offer we can lose him,” he added.

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...

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