Steve Clarke was very cute when he batted back a question from the media regarding Greg Taylor being left out of the Scotland squad.
‘It’s a Celtic issue’ he said knowing full well that this would cause all sorts of speculation.
Is it an injury? Have Celtic fallen out with him? Do Celtic have an issue with the Scottish National team selection process?
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Does the ‘issue’ lead back to when Ange Postecoglou refused to let two players go on unofficial international duty during the World Cup break?
Clarke knew full well what he was doing here. Was it a ploy to take the heat off him for effectively dumping two committed Scotland keepers for a guy that settled for second best when he declared his allegiances to us after he knew he was never getting picked for Scotland?
Anyway, the Taylor ‘issue’ has been given more clarity this morning when journalist, Scott Burns revealed the reason for his absence from the Scotland squad.
Writing in the Daily Record, Burns said:
“The left-back has been struggling with a lower leg issue but has been managing it in a bid to help Ange Postecoglou’s side get through this vital stage of the season.
“Taylor has been troubled by the injury for a couple of weeks and the Hoops medical team have been keeping on top of it and giving him regular treatment.
“The defender was left out of the midweek league win over Hearts to make sure he was fit for the weekend Scottish Cup quarter-final win over the same opponents.
“Celtic play Hibs at the weekend and after that it should allow Taylor to rest up before the return against Ross County on April 2nd.“
An injury. There you go. Why not just say that then? Clarke wouldn’t be the first international manager to reveal an injury to a club player.
At least the international break gives the left back some good rest and recovery, just in time for the title run in.