Greg Taylor is nearing a return to first team action after Ange Postecoglou confirmed that he was about to resume contact training once the club receive the all-clear from medical staff. The left-back was forced off against AZ Alkmaar back in August but returned for the win over Ross County, only to be subbed off again with the recurrence of this injury.
Now, the Celtic manager has confirmed that the 24-year-old will (hopefully) get the all-clear to get back playing and joining the group in contact training. Speaking to the media conference ahead of Saturday’s League Cup semi-final, Postecoglou provided an update for the left-back, who recently agreed a long-term extension with the club.
“With Greg, he’s got to still get his clearance on the shoulder, but he’s doing everything apart from joining in contact training.
“We hope he gets all-clear in the next sort of, two or three weeks. He’ll be back available and it’ll be great to get him back, as well.”
The news that Taylor is returning will give Postecoglou and his staff some time to consider the full-back conundrum. Taylor would, you would expect, slot back into the team as a left-back meaning that Josip Juranovic and Tony Ralston would be competing for the role at right-back. The Croatian Internationalist, who will be at the World Cup in 2022, is yet to get a run in his favoured position given that Ralston has performed so admirably, earning himself a new deal. However, a decision will need to be made as Taylor’s return will likely move Juranovic from his temporary role on the left side of defence.