GREG TAYLOR has revealed he NEVER queries why he has been left out of Ange Postecoglou’s team selection.
The Scotland international left-back missed out on two successive Premiership games as £3.75million Argentinian signing Alexandro Bernabei took over for the wins against St Johnstone (2-1) and Hibs (6-1).
However, Taylor returned to his accustomed place for the midweek Premier Sports League Cup quarter-final against Motherwell at Fir Park and played his part in the 4-0 victory to set up a last-four clash against his former club Kilmarnock at Hampden in January.
Asked how he reacts when he sees his name missing from the team list once it is posted on the board, the defender quipped: “Ask the manager!”
GOAL-DEN BHOYS…Greg Taylor congratulates Liel Abada on his opening strike in the 4-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park in midweek.
Very quickly, he added: “No, listen, I’m part of the team and I understand it. I’m eager to play every game, but realise that to keep a level of performance as a team, that’s not going to be possible, so I understand.
“Everyone is hungry to play. When you get an opportunity, most boys at the moment are taking it. We know it’s an intense period. We’ve got another seven games to go, so there’s going to be plenty of rotation and opportunities to play.”
Bernabei received rave reviews following his back-to-back performances to put pressure on the left-flank defensive position and Taylor, speaking to the Daily Record, continued: “I don’t think you need a reminder.
“We’re all training to such a high standard. So whether it’s Berna or whoever plays in any position, you know they are going to take their opportunity and Berna has done that.
“He’s eager to learn, as we all are. Whoever the manager selects, they’re going to give a top-level performance.”
MY BALL…Alexandro Bernabei fights for possession in the 2-1 win over St Johnstone in Perth.
Taylor, who hopes to get the nod to face Hearts in the 12.30pm encounter at Tynecastle tomorrow, added: “Every player naturally wants to play in every game, but that’s not possible – unless you are Callum McGregor!
“We all want to play, but equally we understand there has to be rotation from time to time. When the manager puts the board up before the game, you are just keen and hoping your name is on it.
“Whoever is playing in whatever position, you back the team the gaffer selects because we know if we all have that attitude and work hard for each other, we’ll all reap the rewards and get success together.”