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TAYLOR TARGETED: LENNY’S CRUCIAL SIGNING TALKS

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SCOTLAND international left-back Greg Taylor was watched by Celtic during Kilmarnock’s 2-0 loss at Hamilton on Saturday.

Former Hoops defender Tosh McKinlay scouted the 21-year-old Rugby Park star as Neil Lennon stepped up the search for fresh faces before the transfer deadline three weeks today.

The eight-in-a-row champions urgently require cover for the No.3 position following Kieran Tierney’s record-breaking £25million move to Arsenal last week.

Lennon splashed £3million on Belgian Boli Bolingoli from Rapid Vienna last month, but he is still short in that position with Emilio Izaguirre also quitting the club at the end of his contract in the summer.

The Irishman will hold talks with chief executive Peter Lawwell and his recruitment department this week as they prepare to complete the squad rebuild that has seen the likes of Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Cristian Gamboa, as well as Tierney and the Honduran international, move on since last season’s historic treble treble campaign.

Max Lowe, the Derby County full-back who spent two years at Aberdeen, has also been linked with the Hoops and Lennon in an admirer of the attack-minded defender.

However, it appears Taylor is at the head of the wish-list and German second-tier outfit Nuremberg have already had two bids rejected for the consistent back-four performer who became a key player during Steve Clarke’s two years in charge of the Ayrshire outfit.

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