A lot has changed since Ange Postecoglou left Celtic in the summer to join Tottenham Hotspur and was replaced by a returning Brendan Rodgers. The Hoops have certainly struggled to match the heights of last season and still seem like a team that has not come out of second gear. But there have been some positive signs as well.
There are many players who have improved since the arrival of Rodgers as manager. Matt O'Riley and Liam Scales are two examples that come to mind immediately.
One player who does not fall under that category though is Greg Taylor. The Scottish left-back had thrived in Postecoglou's system and gone from a squad player to one of Celtic's best and most consistent peformers.
Taylor has not been able to match his performances from last season this time around. And there is an assumption that he was playing a very different role in Postecoglou's system. The player himself does not hold that view though.
Celtic player says Postecoglou assumption is wrong
"It’s not that different to be honest. I think it’s a similar structure. Under the last manager there was a focus on the full-backs being inverted and so on. But that wasn’t always the case. It was more about finding the space and it’s the same under the manager now.
“We still want to play high-pressure, attacking football and dominate the ball. That’s what we’ve tried to do. In Europe we’ve fallen short in terms of results, if not performances, but there have been moments domestically.
“I definitely still have licence to go inside the way I used to. So it’s the exact same. The manager likes that way of playing, so I have full licence to do that. It’s a bit of a myth that I don’t. I think when some people get an idea in their head that it’s not something you do any more than it can be portrayed that way."
One thing that is clear though is Taylor was in much better form last season than he has been in this one. And there has been talk in the media about the club potentially signing another left-back in Janaury.
Tiago Araujo has been linked with Celtic in recent weeks. He is believed to be rated at a transfer fee north of £4 million. It remains to be seen if the Hoops end up making a move for him or not.
If Celtic do end up signing a left-back in January, it would be bad news for Alexandro Bernabei. The Argentine seems to be completely out of Rodgers' pans at the moment and an exit is starting to inevitable.