Taylor set to step up for clash with former club Kilmarnock

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Greg Taylor has dismissed suggestions of being the next Kieran Tierney after completing a deadline day move from Kilmarnock to Celtic.

Greg Taylor has a chance of making his Celtic debut against his former side, Kilmarnock, on Sunday, according to Hoops boss Neil Lennon.

Lennon has confirmed that the club’s first-choice left-back Boli Bolingoli is out of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash because of a groin strain.

Lennon is hopeful the former Rapid Vienna star will “only miss one or two games” but the Ivory Coast man’s absence makes Taylor’s debut a lot more likely.

Bolingoli will also miss Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final at home to Partick Thistle after sustaining the groin problem during Thursday’s 1-1 draw away to Rennes in the Europa League.

Lennon also hoped that striker Leigh Griffiths could feature on Sunday after revealing the ex-Wolves star had recovered from a dead-leg.

Taylor. who made 36 Scottish Premiership appearances for the Rugby Park side last term and scored one goal, joined the Scottish Premiership champions on a four-year contract on the final day of the summer transfer window.

And Lennon suggested that the 21-year-old could also help by offering some insights into the workings of Killie boss Angelo Alessio.

“I haven’t seen too much of Kilmarnock, but obviously Greg is here and he can give me a full rundown tomorrow of what to expect,” Lennon said.

“We’ve always had difficult games against Kilmarnock, whether it be home or away, so I expect Sunday to be no different.”

Celtic have confirmed they’ll hold a minute’s applause for ex-Rangers player Fernando Ricksen before Sunday’s clash.

The Dutchman passed away on Wednesday at the age of 43 following a six-year battle with motor neurone disease.

The Hoops paid tribute to Ricksen in an official statement after the news of his death was confirmed while, on Friday, Lennon and Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell laid a wreath at Ibrox on behalf of the club.

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