GREG TAYLOR will be a success for Celtic on the field – if he can handle the mental strain off it.

That’s the advice to the Hoops’ new £2.25million signing from his former Kilmarnock team-mate Kirk Broadfoot.

The ex-Scotland international right-back admitted he encountered the same problems when he made the switch from St Mirren to Rangers in 2007.

Broadfoot revealed is was a relief to get AWAY from Ibrox after five years at the Gers when he switched to Blackpool.

Taylor has now made the step up from Rugby Park as he joined the champions before the midnight deadline a week ago today.

Broadfoot, speaking to the media, said: “Moving from Kilmarnock to Celtic, the mental side and the pressure that comes with it will be on a different level for Greg.

“He’ll be under a lot of scrutiny. If he can handle that, he’ll be fine.

EYES ON THE BALL…Kirk Broadfoot looks on as Kilmarnck team-mate Chris Burke tries to block a shot from Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.

“When I moved from St Mirren to Rangers, it was that mental pressure that I probably found the hardest to adjust to.

“It’s everybody’s Cup Final when they play one half of the Old Firm, and that brings its own challenges.

“Everywhere you go on the street, people are either abusing you, or not giving you a minute’s peace.

“It got to the stage that people were turning up at my door, or throwing stuff at my windows. It was actually a relief to move to England after five years at Rangers.

“I’d just had my son at that time, and it was good to get the family away from it.

“Hopefully, Greg won’t have to go through anything like that and can go on to be a big success at Celtic.”

Broadfoot also paid tribute to 21-year-old Taylor’s consistency after three seasons at the Ayrshire outfit and insisted the defender merited the opportunity to play at a higher level.

The veteran back-four operator, who rejoined the Paisley side a week ago after being released by Killie, added: “It’s a great move for the wee man and it was only fair that Kilmarnock let him go.

“He had been getting a bit frustrated towards the end of the window.

“He’s worked hard and it’s a chance for him to move up a level. So, the best of luck to him.”

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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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