Greg Taylor is set to be promoted in the Celtic left-back pecking order after his solid display for Scotland at the weekend, Football Insider understands.
The 22-year-old has made just one appearance for the Hoops since joining from Kilmarnock on deadline day.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Neil Lennon and his coaching staff are planning to gradually increase Taylor’s game time in the new year and give him far more regular game time.
They regard the youngster highly but have told him to be patient and that he has to get accustomed to the team’s style of play and their expectations of how to play the full-back role at a side dominating possession.
At Kilmarnock, where he made 131 appearances after graduating from their academy ranks, Taylor was used to playing in far more defensive sides.
The emphasis at Celtic, especially in domestic matches, is controlling possession and wearing down opponents with passing rhythms and switches of play.
Taylor has had to get used to major changes in training but there is a sense he is starting to find his feet behind the scenes.
He was handed his second Scotland cap in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Cyprus after injury deprived Steve Clarke of his two star men, Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney.
At Celtic, Boli Bolingoli has established himself as the first choice left-back, with Taylor and the versatile Jonny Hayes competing for the back-up slot.
Hayes, 32, was used at left-back in the 2-0 win over Motherwell before the international break, with Taylor on the bench, but he is seen as more of a short-term option in the position.