GREG TAYLOR has responded to the news that Neil Lennon is prioritising a left-back saying that it is “understandable” that at a big club you have competition for places.
Speaking to the Glasgow Times, Taylor is focusing on doing his own job and performing for the club. However, he accepts that it is a part of playing for a big club and that he welcomes competition.
“It’s not a problem for me. That is the life of a player at a big club. There’s going to be competition everywhere. Boli’s gone on loan, so there’s a vacancy there. It’s understandable the manager’s looking to bring someone else in.
“It’s competition and that drives every player on. It’s something that we love having in the squad. I just keep my focus on what I’ve got to do. There’s competition everywhere in this squad.
“You just aim to do enough that makes sure the manager selects you for the next game. There’s always pressure on you, but I don’t have a problem with that. I’m at a massive club and you have to expect that. But it pushes me on.”
Celtic have been in the lookout for a left-back after Bolingoli decided to go to Spain. The Belgian has since been loaned to Istanbul Basaksehir. Now, Celtic will be forced to go into the market with Alfie Doughty and Mitchel Bakker being mentioned.
As a result of his actions, Celtic were forced to have two games postponed meaning they were two games short of match fitness for the game against Ferencvaros. Ironically, he will have the chance to compete in the Champions League. It is unlikely that he will play for the club again and hopefully Celtic can recoup some of the £2.5m they paid Rapid Vienna for the player with the deal with the Turkish Cha,pions.
Lennon confirmed that the club had conferred upon the Belgian the highest possible punishment available to them after his breaching of Coronavirus protocols. Bolingoli decided to go to Spain for one night and failed to quarantine when he returned, putting the whole of Scottish football at risk of being shut down again.