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KILLIE STAR PRAISES HOOPS TARGET

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GREG TAYLOR faces an anxious waiting game to see if his dream move to Celtic goes through before this evening’s midnight deadline.
The Kilmarnock left-back has been linked with the Hoops for most of the summer, but the deal has stalled.

The Rugby Park club have slapped a £3million transfer valuation on the Scotland international defender, but the champions have baulked at that fee.

Instead, Jack Hendry and Calvin Miller could be made makeweights in the proposed switch, as CQN reported yesterday.

Taylor has missed his club’s last two games through injury and sat out the weekend win over St Johnstone at Perth where his full-back partner Stephen O’Donnell claimed the only goal of the game.

The Killie right-back admitted he will miss his defensive team-mate and off-the-field pal.

O’Donnell, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “The Greg Taylor stuff is out of our control. It is a great move if he gets it.

“He does not owe Kilmarnock anything.

“He has worked his backside off since he came and has been a great servant for the past four seasons, an ever-present. I was actually quite sad not to see Greg in the warm-up for the Saints game.

“I will still see him with Scotland. I am hoping to room with him although if he ‘pies me’ for the Celtic boys I will know he has changed.

“I’ll just have to remind him I was at Celtic first!”

O’Donnell came through the ranks at the Hoops Academy before moving on.

Coincidentally, he, too, has been linked with a return to Parkhead, but that will go on hold after last week’s loan arrival of Moritz Bauer from Stoke City while Neil Lennon paid £1.2million for Hatem Abd Elhamed from Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the summer.

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