What Callum McGregor said at the Celtic meeting after the Rangers loss as the leaders target the final flourish to seal the title

Greg Taylor says Celtic must be strong in the title hunt and show again what they are all about. Angel Postecoglou.

Parkhead’s defender insists the troops are fully focused on producing a powerful finish while aiming to secure the Premiership.

Taylor and his teammates have positioned themselves to seal the deal having built a six-point lead with five games to go.

Sunday’s vital trip to Dingwall to see Ross County offers another great opportunity for the flag hunters to take another big step towards glory.

Last weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Forest ranger at Hampden it was a setback, but Celtic have recovered well from challenges and adverse results this term and Taylor hopes they will do so again to deliver a timely blow in the title battle.

Captain callum mcgregor rallied the troops on the National Stadium pitch to lay down the requirements and Taylor said: “It was just about regaining focus and knowing how well we’ve done so far, but we know there’s still work to be done.

“We have five major league games to go and we have to finish with five solid performances. We know what’s at stake at the end of that and we understand what it takes.

“We need to show that we can bounce back. We’ve done it throughout the season when we’ve had a disappointing result like the semi-final, so we need to show what it’s all about.

“We’ve done it all season, so hopefully it won’t be any different on Sunday.”

The dangers of Dingwall have already been pointed out for Celtic this season after a dramatic first visit of the term just before Christmas.

Postecoglou’s men were reduced to 10 men after a red card for Carl Starfelt and set out to drop six points off the pace of the title before Anthony Ralston’s header in the 97th minute brought an invaluable win and sparked scenes of jubilation.

Taylor recalled: “The (Premier Sports) Cup final was on Sunday and I was on the bench. It was a sticky game, to be fair.

“Ross County has had a great season. They have quick attacking players up top and have been resolute on their defense. They have done well and got the top six.

“It was a tight game on the night and, when it comes that late, of course you’re pushing and pushing.

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“We were left with 10 men and Tom (Rogic) managed to hold on to the back post.

“We knew that when Tony came in there, there was only one guy who was winning that header and he did amazing. It was a great result in the season”.

Celtic have since beaten County 4-0 on home ground, but Taylor added: “Of course you’ll look back on those games, but you can’t really take much because it’s a totally different game.

“In the game at Celtic Park, they were down to 10 men, so we got a good result, but we know we have to be there.”

The Postecoglou team will hold the reset button after the Hampden heartbreak to come back with Taylor explaining the need to ignore disappointments and get back into the grind.

The left-back’s first goal of the season put Celtic on course for a win before the team were beaten by their biggest rivals.


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Taylor told Celtic TV: “The feeling when I scored is like nothing I’ve ever felt in my life, it was unbelievable.

“It was a bit unfortunate that we couldn’t get the result to finish off the day.

“It’s bittersweet. It was an amazing moment, the feeling when he walked in is unlike anything I’ve ever felt in my career, but it still hurts.

“It hurts for a few days. It was a great game and a great opportunity that, unfortunately, we were not able to take advantage of.

“But with football, you have to focus on the next game, so that’s what we’ve done and we’re preparing for Sunday.”

Taylor’s form has been one of the reasons Celtic have overtaken Rangers since the turn of the year to take pole position in the Premiership.

On a personal level, he said: “It has been a successful season and I have really enjoyed the way the manager wants to play. I have learned a lot, I have tried to improve as each game and training session has come.

“When I was younger I had played a bit in midfield and when I was at Kilmarnock previously I played there a few times with Steve Clarke.

“It’s a position I’ve played, but not that often. Now I am not playing in midfield. It’s at the right times that you come in and it fits my game.

“I think I’ve taken it well, but there’s still a lot of improvement I could be making.

“I had a very difficult streak when I was injured. I missed three months and it was disappointing because as a footballer you don’t want to miss a minute, never mind three months.

“During that period I tried to work as hard as I could to be ready when I came back and luckily the coach has put a lot of trust in me and put me back in the team and I haven’t failed too much. Many.”

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