Celtic’s Taylor disappointed v Motherwell
Celtic managed to secure another win in the SPFL this afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Motherwell thanks to a goal from Hoops midfielder Tom Rogic just before halftime.
One player that didn’t manage to fully impress in the win, however, was left-back Greg Taylor.
With 88 touches of the ball in total, Taylor managed to misplace ten passes in the 90 minutes he was on the pitch for, as well as making three misplaced crosses and three misplaced long balls, losing possession on 16 occasions.
As well as his erratic passing, Taylor was not particularly imposing from a defensive point of view either by losing seven of the ten duels he was involved in.
This overall performance earned the full-back, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £8.2k-per-week according to Salary Sport, an overall match rating of 6.7/10, making him the lowest-rated Celtic player on the day according to SofaScore, even lower than Mikey Johnston and Anthony Ralston who played fewer minutes in the game than Taylor did, which just goes to show how much he let Hoops manager Ange Postecoglou down.
Since joining Celtic back in September 2019 from Kilmarnock, the 24-year-old has made a total of 62 appearances for the Parkhead club across all competitions, scoring one goal and providing 14 assists along the way, showing that he is and has been Celtic’s first-choice left-back.
Having previously been described in the past as a “very limited” player in terms of his capabilities on the pitch by Celtic analyst Tony McLaughlin, the left-back showed an example of this in his latest performance for the Hoops, even though they managed to secure the three points and keep a clean sheet in the process.
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Moving forward, even though Motherwell only had 29% possession and could only rack up nine attempts at goal this afternoon compared to Celtic’s 71% possession and 26 shots at goal, Taylor will have to make sure he can improve his performances and deliver them on a regular basis or else he could find himself out of the team if he can’t perform against tougher opposition.
Given how 19-year-old Adam Montgomery has made nine appearances for Celtic in the left-back position this season, there’s every possibility that Postecoglou could make him the club’s first-choice left-back if the Australian decides that Taylor isn’t up to it anymore.
In other news: Forget Rogic: “Outstanding” Celtic star with 6 key passes stole the show v Motherwell – opinion