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Greg Taylor on pressure of replacing Kieran Tierney at Celtic and fruitful Callum McGregor partnership

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Celtic left-back Greg Taylor has admitted he is aware of the pressure on his shoulders as he replaces Kieran Tierney at the club, but says he is focuses on his own game, and not replicating his style of play.

Tierney departed to Arsenal for a club record fee in the summer with Taylor drafted in late in the window as a straight replacement.

He took his time settling in but has recently installed himself as a key player for Neil Lennon's side, and registered two assists in Celtic's 5-0 victory over Hearts on Wednesday.

Naturally there have been comparisons drawn between the two players, but Taylor says he is only focused on doing what he can for the team.

"Kieran was an outstanding player for this club so I'm well aware of how good he was," he told the press when asked if he felt the pressure.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Celtic’s Greg Taylor exchanges words with a fan during a Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Celtic at Fir Park, on February 05, 2020, in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group) (Image: 2020 SNS Group)

"But I can only do what I can do, do my own job and my own role and contribute to the team as much as I can.

"Hopefully as long as I'm doing that then hopefully the gaffer will keep selecting me.

"It's a positive to be compared to Kieran as he's a top top player but I just want to keep playing and improving all parts of my game. There's improvements to be made but I'm enjoying it."

Central to Taylor's form has been his relationship with Callum McGregor down the Celtic left.

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Taylor has featured as a left wing-back, with McGregor offering support down the flank as the left-sided midfielder in a midfield three.

The two had played together for Scotland prior to Taylor joining Celtic and it's a relationship he is happy to have rediscovered.

"He's a joy to play with. We worked well together for Scotland and we've worked well together since we came back from the break.

"We've got a good relationship, I think he'd say the same about myself.

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"He's putting out outstanding performances so it's nice to have him beside me.

"He makes me look like a better player. You know he's always going to find you, he doesn't miss many passes, so to have him on the inside of you does help.

"We've got a good relationship off the pitch as we do with all the boys, but having been away and played for Scotland together we knew each other and each other's game a wee bit more.

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"It's probably helped me settle into the team a wee bit."


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