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Celtic: Frank McAvennie reacts to Bernabei signing

Celtic: Frank McAvennie reacts to Bernabei signing -Celtic News

Former Scotland and Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has backed Celtic left-back Greg Taylor to react positively to the signing of Alexandro Bernabei.

The lowdown: Pressure on

The Hoops confirmed the capture of Bernabei from Lanus on a five-year deal and the 21-year-old is expected to push Taylor for a regular starting berth in Ange Postecoglou’s side.

Last season, the 24-year-old Scot was a key figure for the Bhoys and ’embraced’ the new system under the Greek-Australian as the Scottish Premiership title returned to Celtic Park.

And one invested onlooker believes that Taylor will thrive under the pressure of being under scrutiny to keep his place in the first XI…

The latest: ‘Only a good sign’

Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Hoops frontman McAvennie reacted to the confirmed transfer news of Bernabei’s arrival.

The 62-year-old said: “Juranovic came in at right-back and it totally transformed Anthony Ralston because he’s now got competition. Now Greg Taylor’s got competition. That’s only a good sign for Celtic.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to have competition for places. If you’ve not got that then players can sometimes drop below standards. Through no fault of their own, it’s not that they want to, it’s just that if they’ve not got any competition they don’t have to play to as high a standard.

“Competition is great so I’m delighted the boy has confirmed and he’s coming in.”

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A similarly attack-minded operator from left-back, Postecoglou won’t need to reinvent the wheel in order to give Bernabei opportunities – given the amount of football coming up, Celtic can only benefit from having additional options throughout the season.

During 2021/22, Taylor scored once and provided four assists in 35 appearances across all competitions for the Hoops – earning praise from journalist Amy Canavan, who hailed the full-back as ‘phenomenal’ following a 7.0 Sofascore rated display against St. Mirren recently – form that is certainly deserving of the seven-cap Scotland man at least starting the new campaign in the box seat.

All of that said, should the Greenock-born ace drop off even slightly, Postecoglou won’t hesitate to turn to Bernabei if he believes it’s for the betterment of the team.


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