Lennon discusses if Greg Taylor will make Celtic debut against Kilmarnock

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon  reacts during the Betfred League Cup match between Celtic and Dunfermline Athletic at Celtic Park on August 17, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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.

Greg Taylor of Kilmarnock  during the UEFA Europa League Qualification first leg match between Connah's Quay Nomads and Kilmarnock on July 11, 2019 in Rhyl, Wales.

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.

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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.”

Kilmarnock's Greg Taylor during the Betfred League Cup game on July 18, 2017 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers FC is challenged by Boli Bolingoli of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow,...

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