The Scotland international was under suspicion ahead of the Premier League game against Leith after being left out of Steve Clarke’s squad for matches against Cyprus and Spain later this month.
Postecoglou confirmed that Taylor would be in contention to play against Hibees and that the 25-year-old was already in the starting line-up for the match, which Celtic won 3-1 thanks to goals from Jota, Oh Hyeon-gyu and Sead Haksabanovic.
Taylor was withdrawn after an hour of action at Parkhead, the first time he had failed to complete a game he had started since being forced off with an injury in Glasgow Derby’s draw with Rangers on 2 January.
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Afterwards, Postecoglou admitted the left-back wasn’t 100% and the international break represented the perfect opportunity for him – as well as injured duo Aaron Mooy and Tomoki Iwata – to get back to full fitness.
Greg [Taylor] He was pretty much struggling for most of the game so it would be nice to have two weeks to recover,” Postecoglou told BBC Sportsound. Aaron [Mooy] and Tomoki [Iwata] We don’t expect to lose once the games resume. With international players we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Celtic boss was forced to dispense with influential midfielder Ryu Hatate for much of the game after the Japan international was forced off after just 13 minutes with a hamstring problem.
On the hate, Postecoglou said: “We’ll see with Rio. He obviously felt something so we’ll have to see how he recovers from that. We’ve got two weeks.” [the international break] So we hope that helps him.”
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