Exclusive: McNamara claims Celtic starlet 'Absolutely' ready for debut after official reveal
Jackie McNamara has insisted that Greg Taylor will be ready to make his debut for Celtic against former side Kilmarnock if selected by manager Neil Lennon.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland star says that the 21-year-old will have no problem lining up against his former teammates should he be handed his first appearance for the Bhoys.
Taylor left Killie in a deadline day transfer switch this summer, the youngster arriving at Parkhead to help fill the void left by Kieran Tierney after his move to Arsenal, and Lennon has revealed he is in contention to play on Sunday.
🗣 NL: “@GregGregtaylor is in contention. He’ll be ready to play when called upon.”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 20, 2019
McNamara insists that getting the young full-back bedded into the first-team sooner rather than later is only going to help his performances at Celtic Park and that he will not be concerned if his first minutes come against his old team.
Asked about the prospect of the youngster making his debut against his old side, McNamara told Football Insider: “It’s going to happen at Celtic, they’re going to play each other at least three times a season so he’s going to play at one point. I don’t think that’s going to phase him.
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“(Ready for his debut?) Yep, he is, absolutely. It would be good for him to get his debut and settle him into the club.”
Despite still being a youngster, Taylor has played over 100 times in Scotland’s top flight for Killie, with two of those appearances coming this season before his move to Celtic.
Neil Lennon also has Taylor’s fellow summer signing Boli Bolingoli as an option on the left-hand side of the defence, although the manager confirmed he picked up an injury in the clash against Rennes on Thursday.