Celtic and Rangers are both reportedly after new Scotland international Greg Taylor after the Kilmarnock defender has come on leaps and bounds during 2018-19 – but Steven Gerrard needs him so much more.
The Daily Record claim the 21-year-old is being eyed by English side Hull City, who are renowned for plucking promising talent from Scottish football and making a profit – Andy Robertson for example.
But the report also claims that both Old Firm sides are interested in Taylor, who made his debut for Scotland under ex-Killie manager Steve Clarke in the defeat to Belgium – after Robertson pulled out with a hamstring injury.
Hull value Taylor at just £400,000, but it remains to be seen how much Clarke’s replacement as Kilmarnock manager values the defender. Despite his tender age, he has already clocked up 126 appearances for Killie.
Celtic need a left-back, for sure. Emilio Izaguirre has left the club this summer, leaving Kieran Tierney as the club’s only first-team left-back. Calvin Miller has done little to show that he is good enough to act as back-up.
Bringing Taylor in would not only give Tierney much stronger competition, but if the Celtic icon leaves this summer, Celtic would have a more than adequate back-up. But Taylor would be a much more important signing for Rangers.
That is because the Gers are crying out for a new left-sided defender. During 2018-19, midfielder Andy Halliday and right-footed Jon Flanagan played out of position. Borna Barisic flopped, despite being a Croatia international.
Some reports have claimed Rangers will look to sell Barisic, but even if they keep the former NK Osijek defender, Gerrard needs to look at a new left-back and Taylor is perfect given his age and his potential.
At 21, Taylor is only going to grow and is already showing enormous promise from the left side of the defence for Killie. He would be a cheap, but impressive signing for Rangers this summer.