Greg Taylor injury blow – an accident waiting to happen

Greg Taylor injury blow – an accident waiting to happen

It was revealed yesterday that Greg Taylor faces at least two weeks on the sidelines Due to the injury he suffered inThe closing stages of Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie against Buckeye Thistle. And if you listen closely, Celtic usually offer the most optimistic timeframe for a return from injuries – so two weeks could easily turn into three weeks or even a month’s break.

Celtic v Kilmarnock – Greg Taylor celebrates scoring his side’s third goal during a Premier League match at Celtic Park, Saturday 7 October 2023. Photo by Jane Barlow

It is certain that if it were just two games in – and fingers crossed on that immediately – we would be without his services for at least two games, but it once again highlights the inefficiency in this window when it comes to improving our playing squad and strengthening the park area we may be in. At our weakest.

26 July 2023 Dens Park, Dundee, Fiplay Cup, Dundee vs Dumbarton Owen Peake of Dundee during the warm-up Photo ActionPlus David Young

Left back is one of those areas where we need new blood, that’s no secret. The fans know it, and more importantly the manager knows it. It’s been clear for everyone to see over the past few months. Brendan does not appear to rate Alexandro Bernabe – who has not been cheap – and until last weekend was apparently hoping to bring in Owen Beck from Liverpool before that hope was dashed when he emerged from the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Celtic player Alexandro Bernabe (second from right) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during a friendly soccer match between Japan’s Gamba Osaka and Scotland’s Celtic at Suita City Stadium in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture on July 22, 2023. (Photo by Paul Miller/AFP) via Getty Images)

Greg is of course our first choice in this area, but we desperately need competition or someone willing to stake his claim. Bernabe is the second choice at left-back, but in all honesty he has proven that he is not good enough defensively and more importantly Brendan Rodgers does not seem to value him. Talk about his departure has come to nothing so far.

Mitchell Frame makes his first-team debut during the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic and Feyenoord at Celtic Park on December 13, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In any other circumstances I would be happy to have young Mitchell Frame fill in in Greg’s absence, but that’s a get out of jail free card for our hierarchy. However, Frame will still be my preferred replacement for the injured Taylor at this point.

We need new faces and we need them now, especially at left-back and striker. Greg is injured now, what if Kyogo is next? We don’t have any overhead cover either, this is gross mismanagement by the officials. This may be why Roko Fata is once again – surprisingly – in contention for first-team action, not as a winger but as a reserve striker for Kyojo, while Oh misses out on the Asian Cup.

We’ve signed Nicolas Kuhn, which is very welcome, but he’s a winger and we’re overstretched in that department already. Fata’s appeal for Rodgers will be limited anyway as he already has the numbers in the wide areas and has already added to them by signing Kun.

We need fresh faces for under-competitive areas, and we need them now – left-back, goalkeeper and striker – and for two out of three the answer could be promotion of two players from the Celtic B squad while the other appears to be being approached. in summer.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Scottish Premiership Cinch match between Celtic FC and Livingston FC at Celtic Park on December 23, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Time is not on our side, and it is necessary to get new faces. It’s time to bring in new players – for any position – in this window, and Brendan admitted yesterday that we are no closer to doing a deal. at the moment. There can be no more excuses if, with £70m in the bank, we fail to consolidate enough to retain our title, thus awarding a £60m Champions League bonus to Rangers.

It’s starting to look like an accident waiting to happen.

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