GREG TAYLOR was delighted to get off the mark with the third goal in Celtic’s 3-1 success over Kilmarnock at Parkhead yesterday.
The left-back, who claimed three strikes last season, had to wait until the eighth Premiership outing for his first of the new campaign.
The breakthrough effort arrived in the 82nd minute and arrived in time to calm any nerves with the match balanced at 2-1 for the hosts with the Ayrshire club threatening on their odd breakaways.
Taylor emerged in front of goal with perfect timing to slide the ball past the helpless Will Dennis after Daizan Maeda had knocked on a Matt O’Riley left-wing corner-kick which had been won by the Scotland international defender.
ON THE CREST OF A WAVE…Greg Taylor is congratulated by James Forrest after his strike against Kilmarnock.
The former Killie player summed up succinctly: “A great ball in from Matty, Daizen gets the flick and I managed to get my studs on it at the back post to take the goal.”
Taylor, 25, wasn’t so pleased when his old club scored to halve the hosts’ advantage. Brendan Rodgers’ men were well in control with goals from Reo Hatate and Luis Palma when the visitors raced up the park to net through David Watson in the 72nd minute.
The defender, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “I thought for 60-65 minutes, we were really really good in the game. We created lots of chances and it definitely should’ve been more than what the score was.
“They get their goal, albeit I think it’s a foul one me in the build-up and then we react as all good teams do”
Last time around, Taylor netted his goals against Livingston (2) and Hearts.
He returns to the Edinburgh venue a fortnight today when the league resumes after the international break.
An action replay of that effort – the winner in a seven-goal thriller – would be most welcome.