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Celtic have opened contract talks with Greg Taylor about extending his contract beyond 2023.

The defender signed from Kilmarnock at the end of the summer 2019 transfer window and established himself as first choice ahead of Boli Bolingoli and Jonny Hayes before Lockdown kicked in.

Replacing Kieran Tierney was never going to be easy but Taylor seemed to have established himself despite competition from Diego Laxalt last season and a change in manager this summer.

The Daily Record reports:

Celtic have opened contract talks with Scotland defender Greg Taylor.

The Hoops recently tied captain Callum McGregor down to a new contract and manager Ange Postecoglou then admitted there were several other top team regulars they also wanted to follow suit.

Taylor is amongst those and negotiations have already started. Initial discussions could see Taylor get a two or three year extension and a wage rise.

After the events of the summer some forward planning in terms of contracts is badly needed at Celtic with the final two years critical in negotiations.

If Taylor is keen to stay on an extension should be signed long before the end of this season, if he is hesitating the club needs to look at a replacement while trying to find a buyer.

When Ange Postecoglou took over he inherited Odsonne Edouard, Kris Ajer, Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham entering the final year of their contract.

Chris Jullien and Bolingoli are also under contract until June 2023.

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