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Greg Taylor admits Celtic playing frustration as he backs Steve Clarke success

Celtic and Scotland full-back Greg Taylor feels his Scotland team-mates are starting to fully appreciate manager Steve Clarke.

The former Kilmarnock gaffer led Scotland to another 2-1 victory over Cyprus, following on from last month’s 6-0 win over San Marino and Greg Taylor see’s positive signs of progress.

The former Kilmarnock and now Celtic player said: “I worked with the gaffer for two years before he took the job and I can’t sing his praises high enough.

“He’s a top, top manager and I think the boys are starting to slowly but surely see that.

“Winning games always helps, I said that when he first came in with Kilmarnock and I will say it now. That’s two on the bounce and we will hopefully go and get three and build for the play-offs in March.

“These two games are important. Obviously there have been a few call-offs, which hasn’t been ideal, but it’s up to the boys that are out there to take their chance.

“Hopefully we get a good crowd on Tuesday (against Kazakhstan) and build for the play-offs because what a chance we have to get to the Euros.”

There was no sign of Taylor lacking match fitness, despite his self proclaimed unideal match time. “I think I was probably just eager to impress,” the 22-year-old said. “At my club team certainly you are encouraged to go, go go. Maybe I got a wee bit excited later in the game rather than just managing it, but it was good to get the three points and work with the gaffer again.

“I keep a good base fitness, it’s important to do that regardless if you’re playing or not. I played against St Mirren a couple of weeks back, so it wasn’t all that long ago I played.

“Obviously it’s not been ideal not playing as much as I would have liked, but you have just got to be patient. It’s a massive club I’m at. And I enjoyed my 90 minutes.

“It was a tough game, a battling second half certainly. I thought first half we had a decent bit of control in the game, but certainly, Cyprus grew into it in the second half.

“When they levelled we showed a good mentality and job done, on to Tuesday.

“It was frustrating to lose the goal, it was a hell of a finish from the boy. But to go on and create for John, it’s a great finish from John as well, and for that to be the winning goal for us was nice.”

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