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BOSS PRAISES NEW BHOY

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GREG TAYLOR made his debut for Celtic in the 2-0 victory over St Mirren at Parkhead last night in the win that keeps the Hoops on top of the Premiership.

The Scotland international left-back had to wait almost TWO months to make his first appearance following his £2.25million move from Kilmarnock on transfer deadline day.

The form of Belgian defender Boli Bolingoli, bought in the summer for £3million from Rapid Vienna, kept Taylor on the sidelines, but the door was opened for him to take his bow against the Paisley outfit – and his manager was impressed by the new Bhoy.

Neil Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “It was good, solid, just what you expect from Greg. That consistency of performance, defensively and going forward.

“We have kept a clean sheet and it was a good night’s work. If you drop points you will be criticised, if you win then people say you are expected to win anyway.

“It was a tough game under difficult circumstances off the back of a tough week. Sometimes psychologically they are the hardest games. The only gripe is that we didn’t score three or four.”

With the news striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo may require surgery that could keep him out for the remainder of the year, Lennon is looking forward to the return of Leigh Griffiths who has struggled with injury and a virus since August.

He added: “Leigh is back training on Thursday morning, but we will have to see how his condition is. It could take him a week or so or knowing him he could come banging on my door and saying: ‘Put me in’.”

Odsonne Edouard could be the champions’ lone striker during a vital run=in to the turn of the year and Lennon has already admitted that could mean a raid on the january transfer market.

The Frenchman didn’t get on the scoresheet against the Paisley outfit, but he helped set up the opener when his shot came off the right-hand post and was eventually fired home by Mohamed Elyounoussi from close range.

James Forrest, celebrating his new four-year contract extension, claimed the second shortly afterwards.

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