Ange Postecoglou has issued a worrying update on Greg Taylor after the defender suffered a recurrence of a shoulder injury in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Ross County last week [The Scottish Sun].
The Lowdown: Taylor has become a reliable presence at left-back for Celtic
Becoming a steady influence in the Celtic side since joining from Kilmarnock in 2019, the 23-year-old has gone on to rack up 60 appearances for the Bhoys, registering 15 goal contributions with one goal and 14 assists [Transfermarkt].
He has earned praise for his Parkhead performances over that time, being labelled “very consistent” by former Hoops manager Neil Lennon after a 2-1 victory over St Johnstone earlier this year [The Scottish Sun].
However, he was brought off just after half-time last weekend against Ross County due to injury.
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The Latest: Postecoglou believes that Taylor’s injury is a ‘concern’
Speaking to multiple media outlets (including The Scottish Sun) after the 3-0 victory over the Staggies, Celtic manager Postecoglou gave some intriguing insight into Taylor’s knock, stating: “Greg had two weeks of rehab but it looks like the same shoulder again.
“It’s a bit of concern for him that he’s re-injured it but we’ll leave that to the medical people.”
Taylor is currently a doubt for the Hoops’ opening Europa League group stage encounter away to La Liga side Real Betis on Thursday.
The Verdict: Taylor injury will come as a huge blow to the Celtic hierarchy
With Celtic lacking depth at left-back, this news will come as a blow to Postecoglou and his coaching staff.
Should the Scotland international not make it for the Real Betis fixture, youngster Adam Montgomery may be thrust into action after Boli Bolingoli was left out of Celtic’s European squad [The Celtic Bhoys].
Taylor’s ability to link the play effectively down the flank will also come as a miss to the Hoops’ offensive game, illustrated by the his average of two key passes per match in the Premiership so far this season [WhoScored].
Postecoglou will hope that this is only a minor setback, with an important block of fixtures around the corner for Celtic, including a European clash against Bayer Leverkusen and a trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen [BBC].
In other news, Kieran Devlin has given his assessment on the fitness of this summer signing.
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