Neil Lennon’s Celtic are reportedly set to sign left-back Greg Taylor from Scottish Premiership rivals Kilmarnock but can he replace Kieran Tierney?

Stephen O’Donnell has backed Kilmarnock teammate Greg Taylor ahead of a potential move to Celtic, insisting to the Daily Record that the Scotland international deserves his chance at the champions.

Any left-back who arrives at Parkhead will have big shoes to fill. Celtic, after all, are still looking to replace their academy graduate and three-time Premiership champion Kieran Tierney, who sealed a £25 million move to Arsenal in August.

And according to the BBC, highly-rated former Rangers youngster Taylor has emerged as the ‘chosen one’.

After making his name at Kilmarnock, it is claimed that the 21-year-old is set to seal a move to Parkhead before Monday’s 5:00pm deadline.

While O’Donnell, himself a former Celtic youngster, would be sad to see his fellow full-back leave, he understands that swapping Rugby Park for Glasgow represents a fantastic opportunity.

“The Greg Taylor stuff is out of our control. It is a great move if he gets it. He does not owe Kilmarnock anything,” O’Donnell said.

“He has worked his backside off since he came and has been a great servant for the past four seasons, an ever-present.

“I will still see him with Scotland. I am hoping to room with him although if he ‘pies me’ for the Celtic boys I will know he has changed. I’ll just have to remind him I was at Celtic first!”

Celtic appear to have chosen Taylor as their number one target after Rosenborg coach Eirik Hornelund ruled out a move for Norway international Birger Meling, speaking to TV2 last week.

Taylor might not have league titles and European experience on his CV like Meling but he’s young, hungry and blessed with huge re-sale value; the archetypal Celtic signing.

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