Clarke backs Tay­lor for Scots call- up

The Scotsman - - WEEKEND SPORT - By ANDY NEW­PORT

Steve Clarke has backed Kil­marnock de­fender Greg Tay­lor to fill Kieran Tier­ney’s boots for Scot­land this sum­mer.

The Rugby Park left- back is one of four play­ers in the run­ning for the Scot­tish Foot­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s young player of the year award and Clarke in­sists the 21- year- old is a de­serv­ing nom­i­nee.

And he also sug­gested that his player is ready to make the step- up to the internatio­nal scene.

Tay­lor’s path has been blocked by both Liver­pool star Andy Robert­son and Celtic ace Tier­ney. But with Tier­ney set to un­dergo dou­ble her­nia surgery this sum­mer, rul­ing him out of the Scots’ Euro 2020 qual­i­fiers with Cyprus and Bel­gium in June, Clarke – who re­mains one of the lead­ing can­di­dates to re­place Alex Mcleish as na­tional team boss – be­lieves his time might fi­nally have come.

The Kil­lie man­ager said: “There’s no rea­son why Greg can’t be chap­ping on the door. Greg has been very con­sis­tent at SPL level since I came to the club. He’s been out­stand­ing. Un­til you put them up to the next step, you never know. But I’m pretty sure he’s got the tal­ent to do it.”

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