Taylor and Johnston’s importance to Celtic


Celtic’s defence had to cope with another injury on Saturday: Liam Scales missed out with Maik Nawrocki stepping in, but as a unit, they are solid with Greg Taylor, Alistair Johnston and Cameron Carter-Vickers in place.

It was fitting that Johnston got an assist for Reo Hatate and Kyogo’s goals, the second a particularly satisfying cross.  He is back on the form we saw when he first arrived in January last year.  Decision making, energy levels and end product have all ticked up since the winter break.

Both fullbacks were missing in February, then returned to build up match fitness in a team in a mini crisis.  It was a lesson on how fragile form can be when players are even 10% short of sharpness.

The injury to Daizen Maeda poses a different challenge.  Luis Palma returned to action after six weeks out and, for my money, looked like he has work to do and perhaps a few pounds to shift.  Yang didn’t look comfortable on the left on Saturday, so until Daizen recovers or Luis gets miles under his belt, I expect Greg Taylor has a lot of running to do, especially on the big open spaces of Hampden.

The two fullbacks are among Celtic’s most important players.

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  1. Tom McLaughlin on

    Why is everyone shit scared of Kilmarnock away? When they beat us we were decimated by injuries and struggling for form.

  2. AN TEARMANN on 16TH APRIL 2024 5:00 PM









    Wull you stoap reading that rekkkord,enough dafteez oan here pushin it.side of the cludgie :-))




    I STOPPED buy it years ago, likewise the Sunday Mail.


    i look at the Head Lines ONLINE.


    I’m a bad man.




    HH AT Mate.

  3. AN TEARMANN on 16TH APRIL 2024 5:08 PM



    Aberdeen appoint new manager from seasons end



    *hope they don’t have the new manager bounce on Saturday

  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    What a hoot.



    SPFL placate Sevco by sending us to the problem pitch ten days later.

  5. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Dearie me.



    Clement drawing parallels with Manchester City now.



    This organisation is a parody.

  6. TontineTim



    I hope not as well,due at start of june







    Welcome back,hope all is good with you




  7. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    “Season tickets need to be renewed.



    Get back on message.



    Treble. Treble. Treble”

  8. Great fixtures for us.No complaints.Massive game for them tomorrow night.When you are on a downer,sometimes not easy to get out.


    We have what we wanted,up to us.Boring one game at a time will do nicely.A nice thumping win against the Dons,not impossible,Dundee should have gubbed them on Saturday.Woeful.


    Shinnie got red carded.Does he miss the final?.Or only next cup game?.

  9. greengray1967 on

    Just got tickets confirmed for semi on saturday. My 12 year son cant wait for his first trip to Hampden. Should I warn him now of the kip that it is?

  10. An Tearmann on 16th April 2024 5:51 pm






    Cheers AT. We had a lovely time in Cavtat. Actually ended up watching the Derby game in a roadside restaurant. Immense first half and so pleased for big Adam. One game at a time.



    I hope you are well.




  11. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 16TH APRIL 2024 5:02 PM



    I don’t think anyone your words “shit scared ” maybe apprehensive .



    As for your “we had injuries “….



    When playing them at Parkhead and Brendan still smarting from the defeat at killing he said we are in better shape with players back so stronger and learned from the defeat …..killing drew with us .



    So i for one am wary of the teams that have took points off us .



    Deal with Aberdeen , come through that with a win and no injuries or suspensions please .



    A clean sheet might be to much to ask.

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Dundee should take heart from Ross County, keep it tight,get after their back 4,biggest difficulty is VAR and Robertson

  13. EMERALDBEE \O/ A DOUBLE NINER!! on 16TH APRIL 2024 5:49 PM


    SCULLYBHOY, who is the guy in front of Roy Aitken?






    It’s Willie Gardiner way to tall to be Graham Sinclair




  14. Tom McLaughlin on 16th April 2024 6:20 pm



    Glasgow Cup



    That bit is correct.

  15. EMERALDBEE \O/ A DOUBLE NINER!! on 16TH APRIL 2024 5:49 PM


    SCULLYBHOY, who is the guy in front of Roy Aitken?



    It’s Willie Garner – famed for scoring more own goals than anyone I can ever remember in a Celtic jersey.

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