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  • Greg Taylor in this week’s Celtic View

    Greg Taylor in this week’s Celtic View

    By: Tony Connelly on 13 Feb, 2020 10:01

  • FOR Greg Taylor, breaking into the Celtic team has been an even greater challenge than earning a move to the Scottish champions. Having worked hard to earn a regular place in the starting XI, Taylor knows he will have to continue making strides forward to ensure he can continue living his dream.

    It’s been mentioned so often since the summer transfer window closed, but competition for places in the Celtic team has undoubtedly brought the best out in the squad. The relevance of that adage has by no means dwindled as the months have progressed.

    Having a squad comprised of so much talent has given Neil Lennon plenty food for thought, and Taylor, who had an impressive performance in Wednesday night's 5-0 win over Hearts, has had to work hard in training to stand out in front of his manager. That process has taken time, but Taylor’s resolve has paid off with him now enjoying a run of games in the team.

    “It’s been good to get a few more minutes,” said Taylor in an exclusive interview with this week’s Celtic View. “I’ve had a good few games now and long may it continue.

    “You might think the hardest thing is to be signed by Celtic, but the hardest part of it all is actually trying to become a regular and nailing down a place.

    “This squad is made up of all the best players and there’s competition in all areas of the pitch. It’s important when you get the opportunity to play, that you take your chance.”

    Every squad has competition for places to some extent, but that level of competition is on an entirely different level at Celtic. Taylor expected as much when he made the move to join the eight-in-a-row champions in the summer, and he knew that being successful at Celtic would be largely decided by how he performed out on the training pitch each day.

    Thankfully, the atmosphere in training is more than conducive to improvement, and Taylor heaped credit on one man for ensuring the standards remain as high as possible at all times.

    “Everyone drives each other on and the intensity is always so high,” said Taylor. “That comes from Broony, he’s always at it and drives us all on.

    “We chat away in the warm-up and it doesn’t look overly intense, but once the session starts, the switch is flicked and everyone is focused and at it. The intensity is always so high, everyone’s completely serious and the work gets done. No one ever has to be told, there’s an understanding that this is the time when we all work hard and we drive each other on.

    “When the squad’s as competitive as it is, there’s no let up, no one can afford to let up for a second if they want to be out on that pitch at the weekend. Every player in the squad wants to play so it’s important to train well to show the manager that you’re ready and deserving of a place in the team.

    “There’s a natural competitive drive throughout the team as a whole too. Everyone is competitive in so many ways whether it be looking at the numbers to see who ran the furthest or fastest. If someone doesn’t quite hit what would be expected of them, then there’s a wee bit of banter of it.”

    For the full interview with Greg Taylor, see this week’s Celtic View, out now.

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