By Frank McAvennie

25th Sep, 2020 | 7:30pm

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic told to sign defender after Kris Commons verdict

Frank McAvennie has urged Celtic to sign a left-back with experience to compete with Greg Taylor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend delivered his verdict after Kris Commons defended Taylor from criticism from Hoops fans comparing him to Kieran Tierney.

Commons told the Scottish Daily Mail (as reported by the Daily Record) that the 22-year-old represents an “easy target” for Celts.

The 22-year-old was brought in last summer to replace Tierney after his move to Arsenal but many Celtic fans believe he has failed to live up to expectations.

Taylor has started all but one of the Hoops’ games this campaign and has scored once and provided four assists in his nine games.

Asked by Football Insider whether he believes the criticism of Taylor is justified, McAvennie said: “I like Greg Taylor but he’s still young.

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“I want to see Celtic getting a bit of experience in there, that’s what I’d like to see.

“They’ve got Shane Duffy and I’d like to see somebody come in who knows what it’s like and what it’s about to play left-back.

“The problem with comparing Greg with Tierney is he knows he’s a defender first and foremost, a lot of the players nowadays don’t. Greg’s got a licence to go forward but he’s a left-back.

“This isn’t a criticism of him but Tierney, and Andy Robertson, know first and foremost that they’re defenders.

“That’s two players, especially in Scotland that he will look up to and think that’s level he needs to get to.

“Fans still think about Keiran Tierney but that’s for Greg to aspire to and it could be a good thing for Greg, rather than it be a negative.”  

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has been wowed by a Hoops player with just two Celtic starts who he believes looks ‘like a natural’.