SCOTLAND skipper Andy Robertson hopes Celtic’s ‘forgotten man ‘ Greg Taylor will take the opportunity to impress in his absence.

The Liverpool defender and Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney are both missing from Steve Clarke’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus in Nicosia on Saturday afternoon and Kazakhstan at Hampden on Tuesday night.

And that will opened the door for Taylor to come in at left-back for much-needed game-time for his country following his £2.25million move from Kilmarnock to the champions on transfer deadline day.

The defender has had to be patient since making the switch and has made only one appearance – the 2-0 win over St Mirren last week – with manager Neil Lennon showing faith in Boli Bolingoli and Jonny Hayes for the No.3 position.

Taylor is likely to get the nod for the forthcoming games that are largely meaningless, but could be used as a springboard to a place in the boss’ thoughts for the play-offs next year.

And the 22-year-old has received a timely boost from the Anfield Champions League winner.

Robertson, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “We have two vital games in March and these games are important for that, which is why I wanted to be involved.

“The only positive is the gaffer will get to look at other players such as Greg Taylor who hasn’t had as much game-time as he would have wanted at Celtic, so I hope he gets a chance and plays well.

“Greg was unbelievable against Belgium away and is more than capable of filling in that left-back role and it gives the manager a chance to look at him.

“I wish all the lads all the best, but, more importantly, Greg because he’s a really good young player who is up and coming.”


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