Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor has slowly built up a reputation as one of Scottish football’s finest young prospects. The 20-year-old’s fine performances at Rugby Park would surely have earned him a Scotland call-up, were it not for the nation’s currently excellent options in the role.
It must be something of a sickener for Rangers. Taylor could easily have been starring at Ibrox were it not for a poor judgement call in 2014. As Taylor himself recalled to the Greenock Telegraph in 2016, Rangers let him go as he was ‘too small and too slight’.
Four years on and Steven Gerrard would love to have the versatile Scotland under-21 international in his Ibrox ranks.
“I was released from Rangers for being too small. I was too small and too slight, they said.
“That was definitely a motivation for me to go on and prove them wrong.”
This summer saw Rangers bring in both Jon Flanagan and Borna Barisic to fix an area Gerrard obviously felt the Glasgow side were weak. Taylor could easily have become Rangers’ left-back for years to come if given the chance.
When released, in 2014, Rangers were about to start their first campaign in the Scottish Championship and was obviously felt that Taylor did not have what it takes to become a regular in the Scottish Premiership.
Considering he has played nearly every minute of Killie’s Premiership campaign so far this season and Steve Clarke’s side sit second in the league, that was clearly an error of judgement by Rangers at the time.
Rangers must ensure they are more careful with their current crop of young players. Losing another future talent like Taylor would be a big mistake.