Greg Taylor understood from the day he signed for Celtic that there would be instant comparisons between himself and Kieran Tierney.
The left back joined the Scottish Champions from Kilmarnock in a deal worth £2.25 million, the defender knew that comparisons would be made but insists that he can only be the best he can be to remain a first team regular.
We all knew that whoever was in the frame to be Tierney’s replacement would face a huge task, to replace a £25 million player with one valued at roughly £2.25 million, the chances of Taylor being of similar quality was always going to be slim.
However, the 22 year old still remains in Lennon’s first team plans and Taylor could surprise us all this season with future performances.
“Kieran was a top, top player for the club and still is that at Arsenal.
“He’s a great lad and I was with him in the last Scotland squad and got on really well with him. But it’s for other people to make comparisons.
“It’s not something I do myself. I’ve never claimed to be Kieran Tierney, I’m Greg Taylor and that’s all I can be each week. Hopefully, that’s enough to continue to play each game for the gaffer.
“There are big expectations on every player at the club and I’m no different. It’s just one of those things. I’m fine with it.
“I just have to do enough in training and games and aim to constantly get better. If I’m selected, then it’s about giving my all and trying to help deliver clean sheets and assists.”
The 22 year old comments on Bolingoli leaving and fresh competition coming in:
“It’s not a problem for me. That is the life of a player at a big club. There’s going to be competition everywhere.
“Boli’s gone on loan, so there’s a vacancy there. It’s understandable the manager’s looking to bring someone else in.
“It’s competition and that drives every player on. It’s something that we love having in the squad.
“I just keep my focus on what I’ve got to do. There’s competition everywhere in this squad.
“You just aim to do enough that makes sure the manager selects you for the next game.
“There’s always pressure on you, but I don’t have a problem with that. I’m at a massive club and you have to expect that. But it pushes me on.”