A little bit of bad news at the presser today for Celtic fans, as the manager revealed that Greg Taylor suffered a hamstring at Ibrox and will miss at least a few weeks. I think we would all be united in wishing Greg a speedy return to the team; he’s been one of the best players not only at Celtic but in the country this season and we’ll miss him.
The debate over who will replace him is naturally going to come down to two players, and I think we all saw enough of Juranovic, at left back, at Ibrox to wonder if that’s an entirely good idea. I think he’s capable enough in that position, most of the time, but we lose something having him out there and he doesn’t play even close to at his best.
If it’s not him then it’s going to be Bernabei, and he’s a better shout in no small part because it’s his natural position. But we also need to see more of this guy so that we can properly judge what it is that we’ve got in the player.
He cost us big money in the summer, and we’ve barely seen him feature. That’s down to Taylor; he’s made the position his own. Yet I think we’ve all liked what little we have seen of the Argentine, when he’s played. I like him.
These next few weeks will give us a proper opportunity to see him play in a sustained number of games, and if he does well then I think Greg Taylor might find himself in the battle for a place in the team which we all expected when Bernabei arrived.
This is one of those good choices for the manager to have, and a testament to how strong the squad is that we can bring in a £4 million player and actually consider that – at least for now – to perhaps be something of a downgrade.
That’s a tribute to Taylor.
But it’s time, high time, Bernabei stepped out of the shadows, and this is his chance.