Greg Taylor talks up Jackie McNamara's influence in Celtic move

Jackie McNamara the York City manager shouts instructions during the pre season friendly match between York City and Middlesbrough at Bootham Crescent on July 9, 2016 in York, England.

Celtic have snapped up Kilmarnock left back 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...

New Celtic signing Greg Taylor has told The Scottish Sun that former Bhoys left back and current agent Jackie McNamara was 'massive' for him in his transfer saga.

Celtic have needed to sort out their left back options this summer, having lost Emilio Izaguirre on a free and sold Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.

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Boli Bolingoli arrived from Rapid Vienna earlier in the summer, but Celtic still needed one more left back after letting Tierney complete his big move to the Premier League.

 

They had been linked with a whole host of left backs to fill that role, but finally got their man before last night's deadline as Taylor arrived from Kilmarnock.

The 21-year-old has been linked with Celtic for weeks now but has been caught up in a transfer saga, with the two teams unable to come to an agreement.

There were even claims of a hitch on deadline day, but Celtic managed to get the deal done, bringing the Scotland international to Parkhead to compete with Bolingoli.

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...

Taylor has now opened up on his move, and revealed that agent and former Bhoys right back Jackie McNamara has been helping him through the situation having joined Celtic from Dunfermline at a similar age.

Agent McNamara understood what Taylor was going through, but also showed him photos of Parkhead, showing how his own picture around the stadium having been a Celtic favourite back in the day, and also of where he lifted trophies for the club, adding that he 'isn't daft' having inspired Taylor with those photos.

“Jackie has been massive for me, especially throughout all of this,” said Taylor. “He went through it himself and left Dunfermline at a similar age to come to Celtic. He understood what I was going through and he was a good person to have. I have the perfect mentor in Jackie. He has played in a lot of big games in his career. If I can listen to him it will stand me in good stead.”

“He showed me the picture of himself that surrounds the stadium - he is not daft, is he? He was showing me where he lifted the trophies too. Jackie showed what you can achieve - absolutely. It is about taking your opportunity when you get it. That is what I have tried to do all my career and thankfully when I got the chance to break into the Kilmarnock first-team I took it,” he added.

Jackie McNamara the York City manager shouts instructions during the pre season friendly match between York City and Middlesbrough at Bootham Crescent on July 9, 2016 in York, England.

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