Last night we found out something we’ve suspected; Greg Taylor has been playing with an injury.
I think that’s pretty irresponsible. I particularly dislike the term “playing through the pain barrier.”
I am not naïve enough to think that footballers at every club do not do this, but pain in these circumstances is your body’s well of telling you something is wrong.
I’ve been writing about them doing this over at Ibrox for a while now.
They throw players into the team when they aren’t fit all the time. We don’t make a habit of this, which is why I am always pretty frustrated when we do. Whatever the issue is with Greg, it should be allowed to heal.
If Bernabei isn’t up to the job what the Hell is he doing at Parkhead?
I don’t want to give Ange or the coaches a hard time here, they don’t deserve it. This will have been Greg’s choice to a certain extent, but sometimes you need to take the kid out of the line of duty for his own good. As exceptional as he has been this is just not worth jeopardising his future or his health for. We have to be better than this.
Greg has to be smarter as well. We have massive games coming up and he needs to rest and get himself back to peak fitness for them. We were all a little bit perplexed by Steve Clarke’s comments and I wanted to be pissed off with them if I’m being honest, but my issue isn’t with Clarke, it’s with whoever it is at Celtic who is pushing Taylor this hard.
I understand how this happens, at Ibrox as well as here but I think the way The Mooch talks about his unfit players forcing themselves through games is as cold blooded as it comes, and I think the state of their squad and the issues involving their players shows you what the consequences of this look like. We shouldn’t be putting Greg in this position and we should be letting him put himself in this position.
So I am actually grateful to Clark for bringing this to light.
Ange needs to do right by our player and put him on the side-lines for a spell. It’s the right thing to do.