Greg Taylor joined Celtic from Scottish Premiership rivals Killie and he is now fighting Boli Bolingoli for a place in Neil Lennon’s starting XI.
Neil Lennon has told the Daily Record that Greg Taylor could make his long-awaited Celtic debut this weekend, ironically against his former club Kilmarnock.
After a transfer saga that dragged on far longer than anyone wanted, the Scotland international finally put pen to paper with the Premiership champions on the final day of a busy transfer window.
Three weeks on, Taylor is yet to wear the famous green and white shirt in a competitive fixture but he could be in line to feature for the first time when Killie come to town on Sunday lunchtime.
£3 million man Boli Bolingoli has found his feet after a nervy start to life at Celtic but a groin strain suffered during the 1-1 Europa League draw against Rennes means the door has now opened for Taylor to stake his claim to be Kieran Tierney’s full-time successor.
“Greg is in contention. He’ll be ready to play when called upon,” Lennon said in his pre-game press conference.
“Boli will be a major doubt for the weekend and maybe Partick Thistle. He has a slight groin strain. Hopefully he’ll only miss one or two games.”
On paper, former Rangers youngster Taylor should be a more defensively stable option than the swashbuckling Bolingoli, who provides a lot of energy going forward but tends to leave gaps at the back.
Taylor and Bolingoli are full-backs cut from very different cloth and their varying skill-sets means Lennon can pick and choose depending on the opposition.