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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: TAYLOR’S GREEN LIGHT AT CELTIC, GERRARD TO BOOT OUT GOBBING GREZDA, DORRANS’ DENS DEAL, MILLER’S JAGS PLAN

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GREG TAYLOR is in line for his Celtic against Kilmarnock at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon – only 20 days after leaving the Rugby Park outfit in a £2.25million switch to the champions.

The Scotland international left-back has struggled with injury for the past four weeks, but is ready to step in and take over from the crocked Boli Bolingoli.

The Belgian defender limped off before the end of the 1-1 Europa League draw with Rennes in France on Thursday evening.

It looks as though the £3million former Rapid Vienna No.3 faces a spell on the sidelines and that could hasten Taylor’s first appearance for the Hoops.

Leigh Griffiths, who didn’t travel to Brittany because of a leg problem, could also come into contention against Killie which kicks off at 1pm.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We are hoping Griffiths will be okay. It was a dead leg, he had it scanned. I haven’t got the results yet, but it is nothing serious or too prolonged.

“Bolingoli is not too serious, hopefully. He will be a major doubt for the weekend and maybe Partick Thistle on Wednesday with a slight groin strain.”

Preparing for the game against the Rugby Parkers, the Hoops gaffer admitted he thought his opposite number, Angelo Alessio, has shown “character” after a “difficult start” to life as the Ayrshire club’s manager.

After a humiliating Europa League qualifying defeat to Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads, the Italian’s side picked up just one point from their first three league matches.

Lennon said: “It was a difficult start for him. Obviously, he is trying to get his own techniques, ideas or practices across to the players, but now you can see they are starting to take shape.

“They have had a couple of great results of late and I think that takes a bit of character from the coach.

“I haven’t seen too much of Kilmarnock, obviously Greg is here and he can give me a full run-down tomorrow of what to expect, but they have had a fantastic couple of seasons and I am sure Angelo will be looking to maintain that.”

STEVEN GERRARD is poised to give the boot to gobbing Eros Grezda after the Albanian’s spitting shame.

The Rangers boss will take severe action against the £2million winger after an alleged incident while playing for the Ibrox Colts side against Ballymena on Wednesday.

The Irish players accused Grezda of gobbing at defender Andrew Burns during the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup win.

Gerrard will hold a disciplinary hearing at the start of next week.

The Liverpool legend, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “If you behave in that manner then you won’t represent this club at any level. We’re trying to be respectful.

“No-one behaves like that and wears the Rangers shirt, so there will be a disciplinary situation.

“We will address it internally. But I need to sit down and speak face to face and get the player’s version of events.

“I’ve had some witness versions of it, so I’m aware of what’s gone on. We will deal with it, but it’s something I’m not happy with at all.

“There is no place for  it on a football pitch, if he’s guilty of it.”

Grezda also refused to shake hands at the final whistle and gestured to the crowd as he was making his way off the pitch.

Greg Docherty went into the home dressing room after the match to apologise for his team-mate’s behaviour.

GRAHAM DORRANS has signed a one-year deal at Dundee after being released by Steven Gerrad earlier this month.

The former Scotland international midfielder now links up again with former Livingston team-mate James McPake, who is in charge at Dens Park.

Dorrans, 32, who has made 12 appearances for his country, started out alongside the one-time central defender at the East Lothian outfit before moving to West Brom and Norwich City.

He returned to Scotland in the summer of 2017 with boyhood favourites Rangers, but suffered a series of injuries and was only able to make 23 appearances, scoring five goals.

KENNY MILLER has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Partick Thistle manager’s job after Gary Caldwell was sacked during the week.

The former Old Firm striker, who joined the Firhill side in the summer after quitting relegated Dundee, shot down speculation he was being lined up for the job.

Miller had a brief spell as player/boss at Livingston at the start of last season before moving to Dens Park.

Asked if he would be interested in the Jags post, Miller, 39, told the Scottish Sun: “Not at all, no.

“My role will not change. I’ll be training and, if selected, playing on Saturday to win a game of football.

“If I’m required to help out in any other way I am more tha willing to do that.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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