Greg Taylor believes that Celtic have coped with an exceptional amount of setbacks this season, from injuries to fan restrictions and so on; and that their mentality can take them above theRangers on Wednesday evening.
Celtic welcome their bitter rivals to Paradise in the first weeknight game between the pair since Joe Ledley gave Celtic a 1-0 win just over ten years ago.
It comes after the government’s decision to bring the winter break forward due to clubs not being allowed more than 500 spectators at games in a three-week circuit breaker over Christmas.
Ange Postecoglou’s men have the chance to top the table after not losing a game domestically since the shocking 1-0 loss to Livingston on 19 September.
And Taylor believes the club can quite easily oust their rivals to the title if they put their minds to all the struggle they’ve prevailed from this season.
The gaffer’s always saying what a resolute team we are and most challenges that have been thrown at us we’ve dealt with them,” said the left back to the Glasgow Times.
The way we adapt to injuries and other setbacks is really important. The gaffer has a philosophy, a way of playing, and everyone knows their role in it when called on.
It’s unfortunate for Nir, but it’s an opportunity for someone else and whoever gets the call will try to grab it.
Every game’s an opportunity, the manager’s 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.
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.”
Celtic have failed to win their last three games against theRangers at Celtic Park – although the last lost prior to those at Paradise was in 2010. Let’s hope the rot can be stopped by Ange.