GREG TAYLOR has told Celtic to forget about the challenge at Ibrox on Saturday.
Derby fever is already gripping the city with the champions due to face Steven Gerrard’s outfit in what is another must-win encounter as they attempt to chip away at the 16-point gap.
Neil Lennon’s men have three games – and a potential nine points – in hand and the Scotland international left-back insisted the team must focus on Dundee United at Parkhead on Wednesday afternoon as the curtain comes down on an eventful 2020.
Scotland’s title kings have won three Premiership matches in a row – Kilmarnock (2-0), Ross County (2-0) and Hamilton Accies (3-0) – as they have stabilised after winning just two in 12 home and abroad in a horrible sequence that saw their fabulous domestic Cup run end at the 36th hurdle with a miserable loss to the Dingwall visitors last month.
Things have picked up and the defender, who joined from Kilmarnock in a £2.25million switch in the summer of 2019, is adamant there is no margin for error as the club have a historic tenth successive crown on their radar.
Taylor, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I can assure you all our focus and the management team’s focus will be on Wednesday and getting the three points.
“It took a late winner from Albian Ajeti at Tannadice earlier in the season.
“Hopefully, we don’t leave it as late this time, but if it takes that long and we get the three points that’s all that’s important.
“Our focus is on ourselves –and chipping away at the gap. Of course, there is a sizable lead and that’s what makes the Dundee United game so important.
“It’s the next opportunity to get three more points and that’s what we’ll try to do.
“It’s important to try to put on another performance and if we can continue to do that, we will see where it takes us.
“I think it’s been important to build on the last few results. They’ve been positive.”
Reflecting on the weekend win at storm-lashed New Douglas Park, Taylor added: “I think the manager was pleased with the performance overall.
“At half-time, I thought it was a strong performance, we just didn’t get the breakthrough. We had some big chances.
“We took them in the second-half. And with a clean sheet, there is momentum to take into Wednesday.”