Greg Taylor isn’t fazed by the comparisons to Kieran Tierney – as he sets out to show what he is about against Riga FC.
The defender is aware of what is needed of him, after replacing Tierney after his £25m move to Premier League side Arsenal.
He said: “I understand everything about the club and what comes with it.
“It’s a massive club, but it’s the kind of expectation and pressure you want as a player.
“We’re expected to win every game and it’s a pressure that all of the squad enjoy.
“I keep my focus on what I’ve got to do. There’s competition everywhere in this squad.
“You just aim to do enough that makes sure the manager selects you for the next game.
“There’s always pressure on you, but I don’t have a big problem with that. I’m at a massive club and you have to expect that. It pushes me on.
“Kieran was a top, top player for the club and he still is that at Arsenal. He’s a great lad.
“I was with him in the last Scotland squad and got on really well with him.
“But it’s for other people to make comparisons.
“I’ve never claimed to be Kieran Tierney. I’m Greg Taylor and that’s all I can be.
“Hopefully that’s enough to continue to play each week for the gaffer.
“There’s very big expectations on every player at the club and I’m no different. It’s just one of those things. I’m fine with it.
“I feel I can deal with the pressures. It’s something I’ve become accustomed to. It’s natural. I feel I can handle it. I feel I’ve handled it well since I signed for Celtic.
“I am feeling good, feeling ready for what’s to come.
“I’m enjoying playing. I’ve been involved in eight of the nine games this season and it’s something I want to continue. I love playing at this club.”
Taylor added: “It’s not a big problem for me. Boli’s gone out on loan, so there’s a vacancy there. It’s understandable that the manager’s looking to bring someone in.
“It’s competition and that drives every player on. It’s something that we love having in the squad.
“I just have to do enough in training and games and aim to constantly get better.
“If I’m selected then it’s about giving my all and trying to help deliver clean sheets and assists.”