Frank McAvennie claimed Kris Boyd “must be having a laugh” after he suggested Celtic left-back Diego Laxalt is no better than Greg Taylor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend is adamant the 37-year-old is “trying to wind people up” with his “silly” comments.

Former Rangers striker Boyd told The Scottish Sun that he “doubts very much” whether summer loan signing Laxalt is an upgrade on Scotland international Greg Taylor.

Since the arrival of the Uruguay international from AC Milan in October, Taylor has played just 19 minutes of football across all competitions.

McAvennie said Laxalt has been an upgrade in both offensive and defensive aspects.

“Don’t be silly,” he told Football Insider.

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“Come on – Kris must be having a laugh. He is just trying to wind people up because he is a big Rangers fan.

“Good luck to him because in all honesty, myself included, we have been winding them up for nine years so we have to take it.

“Laxalt is a better crosser and tackler than Laxalt, that is for sure.

“I feel sorry for him though because at times he has been asked to play in the midfield and he has never played there for AC Milan.

“He is still getting used to the way Celtic play but from what I have seen he is a whole-hearted player who puts his foot in. I really like the boy.”

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