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8 tackles, 5 interceptions, 3 clearances; £1.5m Celtic man turns a corner with Old Firm masterclass
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8 tackles, 5 interceptions, 3 clearances; £1.5m Celtic man turns a corner with Old Firm masterclass

Celtic were absolutely rampant on Wednesday night as they ran out 3-0 winners over Rangers at Parkhead.

Ange Postecoglou’s charges leapfrogged the Ibrox outfit to the top of the Scottish Premiership table with an Old Firm masterclass.

Reo Hatate edged the Bhoys into the lead against Rangers after just five minutes, rifling an angled shot inside the post.

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The 24-year-old then doubled Celtic’s advantage on 41 minutes.

He curled a neat effort past Allan McGregor from the right side of the penalty area.

Hatate then played a key part in Celtic’s third on the stroke of half time.

He looped over a cross from near the corner flag on the left and Liel Abada snuck in to slot home.

Virtually ever Celtic player to a man shone for Postecoglou on the night.

However, one Bhoy in particular deserves special praise for putting in arguably his best display in green and white.

Greg Taylor has had his fair share of criticism since joining Celtic in 2019.

The £1.5million man has never quite managed to cement a regular spot in the starting XI.

Taylor has had some runs as a starter but he’s also had spells on the bench, on top of stints out with injury.

But on Wednesday night, the 24-year-old was sensational as he kept Amad Diallo quiet.

He also made a superb last-ditch tackle against Joe Aribo as the Gers midfielder looked to burst in for a chance.

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“Did a fine job”

“Solid defensively and offered some support in attack, can be pleased with his night’s work,” wrote the Glasgow Times.

The Daily Record wrote: “Did a fine job pushing Diallo back the way first half and his quick-thinking throw brought a third goal.

“More defensive work after interval against Sakala and strong.”

As per Whoscored, Taylor weighed in with 8 tackles, 5 interceptions and 3 clearances against the Gers.

He also won more total duels (12 out of 13) and suffered more fouls (3) than any other player in the derby.

Taylor’s display shows he may well have turned a corner at Celtic now.

Could he cement a spot in Postecoglou’s XI and become a Parkhead fan favourite in time?

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