Greg Taylor’s resurgence in the Celtic starting XI may have ended Diego Laxalt’s hopes of remaining at Parkhead past the end of the season, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has lauded the 23-year-old for his recent performances and suggested a permanent deal for the Uruguay international was now looking unlikely.
As revealed by Football Insider back in November, AC Milan are demanding £4.5million if Celtic want to buy the 28-year-old this summer.
Laxalt was immediately thrust into the Hoops’ XI following his move from Italy and started 10 of a possible 12 Premiership games up until January, as well as all of the Europa League games.
However, Taylor has since re-established himself at left-back, having started six consecutive games for Lennon.
McLeish believes the Scotland international’s performances mean Celtic may choose not to pursue a deal for Laxalt come the summer.
“Taylor has got good attacking tendencies, he can get forward and under Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock he was extraordinary, brilliant performances which got him his move to Celtic,” Mcleish told Football Insider.
“Laxalt seemed to be getting in a good vein of form, some rich form, but results really haven’t been in Celtic’s favour and Neil Lennon’s looking for that winning combination.
“Taylor’s come in, back four have been good, resounding 4-0 win (v St Mirren) and try and shift him now. He’d be pretty disappointed if he was out the team after these victories.”
Asked if he expected Laxalt to sign a permanent deal at Celtic with Taylor back in the side, McLeish said: “My guess would be that they wouldn’t take the clause on, that’s my guess.
“That’d be up to the new chief executive, his cohorts and the analysts, who do all the recruitment.”