Celtic left back Greg Taylor wants to show the support that he can be Celtic’s number one full back, as the Scotsman wants the chance to shine against Partick Thistle.
The former Kilmarnock player who joined the Scottish champions in a £2.2 million deal feels frustrated at the lack of playing time he’s had so far this season.
It’s the Scottish Cup today and after being cup-tied for Celtic’s successful defence of the League Cup last month – with a 1-0 victory over the Rangers at Hampden – Taylor is now eligible to start in this tournament.
“It was frustrating being cup-tied. It was tough watching. But the boys are winners and got there in the end,” Taylor said, looking back to the Hampden Final where Christopher Jullien got the only goal of the game to give Celtic a fourth successive league cup final win.
Now though he’s looking ahead to the Scottish Cup and the chance to make it four wins in a row in this cup competition.
“I’d love to play against Partick Thistle, if selected,” Taylor admitted. “You want to be involved as much as possible.
“The aim for the next few months is nailing down a place in the team. It’s been hard not playing but it’s to be expected at a club like this with more competition.
“When I came in the boys were doing well and winning. You have to swallow it as much as you want to be playing.
“If an opportunity arises though I hope to take it with both hands.”
Neil Lennon has preferred Bolingoli and in some cases Hayes, but the Hoops player has set himself the challenge of nailing down a first team place in the second half of the season.
Celtic will need all the fittest players available to them as the champions will need a good rotation of players to get through the remaining hurdle of games as the Bhoys also have a Europa League campaign to think about.