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GREG TAYLOR admits he was envious of the joyous scenes in Liverpool during the week as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the English title for the first time in THIRTY years.

The headline-hitting celebrations on Merseyside were in stark contrast to what the Scotland international left-back experienced as Celtic lifted their NINTH successive championship.

The Hoops, of course, were 13 points ahead in the league with only eight games to play when football went into cold storage in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The SPFL bosses awarded the club their 51st flag when they ruled it was unsafe to continue with the fixtures.

With the game in lockdown, there were no parties for the all-conquering Celts and only a handful of fans turned up at Parkhead as social-distancing guidelines were largely observed.

Taylor, who joined from Kilmarnock in a £2.25 million switch from Kilmarnock on the last day of the summer transfer deadline on September 2 last year, told the Sunday Post: “Seeing Liverpool have that moment together did make me feel jealous – 100 per cent.

“We have still not been able to have that and might miss out on it, which is a wee bit of a downer.

“We were delighted to get nine-in-a-row and it’s a massive achievement for the club. But it would have been nice to celebrate in front of the fans or have that time as a team.

“I was on the pitch at the end of the League Cup Final, but I was Cup-tied, so those celebrations weren’t quite the same for me. I can’t claim that one.

“I did get a moment with the league trophy, a chance to hold it and have my photo taken, so that was good.

“To at least have that memento is good, something to put away. It is my first major trophy and I don’t want to downplay how proud that made me and my family.

”But in terms of celebrations, there has been the odd Zoom call, and a wee FaceTime with a few of the guys here and there.”

Taylor added: “The focus now is all on next season. The Champions League qualifiers will be massive. We want to be playing in Europe’s top competition.

“I got the chance to play in the Europa League last season, three or four games, and that was amazing.

“But we want to be playing in the Champions League and that will be our aim come August.

“The manager has not really spoken to us about our goals for the season yet. It’s been about getting a touch of the ball and having the legs run off us!

“So, there’s been no time for talking. We have been working so hard, but I’m sure the sit-down will come eventually.”

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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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