“Pressure creates diamonds” – The Greg Taylor interview on Celtic TV

Greg Taylor and his Celtic teammates could be forgiven for feeling the stress levels increase as the second Glasgow Derby of the season comes into focus, but for Taylor pressure is something to be embraced, not endured.

Speaking to Celtic TV ahead of Wednesday’s big game, where a win would see Celtic hit the top of the Scottish Premiership for the first time this season, Taylor has his thoughts on league tables but they’re not something to be considered until the end of the season.

“You feel pressure every game at a club like this because of the demands made on it. But pressure creates diamonds, doesn’t it?
If we put on a good performance, then we’ll enjoy the pressure.

“Every game’s an opportunity. The manager is massive on that. He always tells us that you have a short career and not to waste as much as a second of it. So, Wednesday night’s another one of those occasions when no one wants to waste a second of the opportunity.

“If we play the football we can, results will take care of themselves and we’ll see where we are at the end of the season. We just play our football, take each game as it comes and try not to waste any opportunities.

“We don’t really look at league tables. We just focus on what the manager wants us to do.”

A great, late winner, when down to ten men, against Dundee United on Saturday, with a goal the blew the roof off Celtic Park, shows perhaps Greg Taylor is right and this Celtic team actually thrive on the pressure each game brings. Meanwhile on the other side of the city the other league’s challengers appear to be feeling the strain following dropped points in Dingwall by way of a late concession to Ross County.

The Unique Angle video from Celtic released on Sunday morning has been viewed over 56k times on You Tube, surely a record? Although even if it is a Celtic winner on Wednesday night is bound to smash that number!

Clearly Taylor seems a calm Bhoy at the moment, I wonder if they’re feeling the same over at Ibrox as theRangers head to a capacity Celtic Park, with no away fans and on the back of a stuttering return to football following the winter break

Greg Taylor is quite right pressure does create diamonds, and those who cope with it in a title race get their hands on silverware, and although the trophy is handed out in May a huge step to achieving it will come on Wednesday night, and it appears Greg Taylor is more than ready for the pressure that brings.

Niall J

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As a Bellshill Bhoy I was taken to my first Celtic game in the summer of 1987. It was Billy McNeill’s return to Celtic Park as manager and Celtic lost 5-1 to Arsenal . I thought I was a jinx, I think my Grandfather might have thought the same. It was the finest gift anyone ever gave me when he walked me through Parkhead's gates.

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