It’s easily forgotten after watching that first half, but Celtic completely dominated the Rangers the last time they played.
A huge part of that performance came down to Diego Laxalt and his ability to get forward, as his overlapping runs and directness caused all kinds of problems.
He’s such a frustrating player to watch because he will occasionally look like an important part of the team, but it’s now abundantly clear what the problem is – he just cannot defend.
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That is quite a major issue when you are talking about a defender, and he’s been exposed in the worst way so far this afternoon.
He continues to commit the cardinal sin of turning his back on the winger when trying to mark him and there are going to be more chances conceded down that side of the pitch.
Greg Taylor has looked good recently and at least he has some ability to defend, so a lot of the fans are not happy with the decision to start the on-loan AC Milan man this afternoon:
Can’t believe Taylor hasn’t started laxalt is rotten
— mark mccluskey (@markmcc77205269) April 18, 2021
Taylor blows laxalt out the water. No way they 2 just waltz pass him the way they did to laxalt
— Kevin Hackett (@KevHackett83) April 18, 2021
What was the logic behind dropping Taylor for Laxalt? Horrendous decision from Kennedy
— Scott (@_smac93) April 18, 2021
Celtic have won 8/25 games when Laxalt has started. 5 clean sheets.
Celtic have won 19/26 games when Taylor has started. 13 clean sheets.
It’s not only individual performance, it’s about balance of the team and relationship with others. E.g ME better with Taylor alongside him.
— Cãl (@caImcIe) April 18, 2021
I ended up in plenty of arguments on here with people because I said Taylor is better than Laxalt. Turns out I'm 100% spot on
— Paul Mcginley (@PaulMcG1994) April 18, 2021
Why is Laxalt playing ahead of Taylor, he's lacking defensively. Miles off it
— Andrew McGhee (@mcghee_andrew) April 18, 2021