Celtic news: McNamara says Taylor made starting role his own

Exclusive: McNamara tips Celtic 22-yr-old to keep Lennon favourite benched - 'Done very well'

Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic defender Greg Taylor has made the left-back starting role his own after a run of fine form under Neil Lennon.

The former Parkhead and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 22-year-old has performed admirably since taking his place in the side.

Taylor, who signed from Kilmarnock over the summer, has had to be patient for his chance to impress, with Lennon playing both Boli Bolingoli and Jonny Hayes ahead of him for much of the season.

However, with three successive Premiership starts under his belt, McNamara says that the left-back has done nothing to suggest he should lose his place to his counterparts.

Asked if former first-choice Bolingoli will have to bide his time to get back into the side, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, him and Hayes. I think that’s what Neil’s looking for, consistency from Greg.

“I think he’s done very well, the St Johnstone game where he set up the goal, the game on Wednesday night, I thought he was good first half against Hamilton, the second half it was a bit more difficult to get in behind. 

“They’re all different types – Greg, first and foremost is a defender, he’s improving with his game in the last third, something he wasn’t used to before.” 

Taylor now has nine appearances under his belt for the Hoops since his summer move, seven of those coming in the Premiership.

In comparison, Bolingoli, who also joined last year, has played 27 times for the Bhoys, including every minute of the opening 10 league fixtures before suffering a knee injury.

In other Celtic news, McNamara has been left raving over a Hoops star Neil Lennon says is underrated.