Celtic’s Greg Taylor hits back at Jim Goodwin as he tells St Mirren boss he is no diver

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GREG TAYLOR has told Jim Goodwin that he is no diver, and says that he is disappointed to have been accused of going down easily in Celtic’s win in Paisley during the week.

The St Mirren manager said that it was time to ‘name and shame’ those guilty of simulation following Celtic’s 4-0 win over his side on Wednesday night, with Taylor going down under the challenge of Ryan Flynn to win the spot-kick that was converted for his team’s second goal on the night.

But following Celtic’s 2-1 win over St Johnstone, Celtic full-back Taylor hit back at Goodwin and refuted his suggestions that he went down easily.

“It’s not true, and I was disappointed to be fair, because there was more than one contact in the move,” Taylor said.

“I’m not someone who would go down easy, and unfortunately he’s felt the need to comment. I’ve never been accused of that in the past.

“We had a game to focus on today and I tried to turn my attentions to that.”

When asked if the allegations of cheating had hurt him, Taylor replied: “No, if it’s not true.

“He was maybe hurting as they had lost the game, I don’t know, you’d need to ask Jim that.

“We had all our focus on today and it’s certainly something I couldn’t be accused of.

“I don’t want to label it as anything, it was Jim’s words. He felt the need to speak out on it, and certainly I didn’t believe that to the case and I don’t think many others did.

“It is what it is. It was a foul, it was a penalty, so I’ll draw a line under it now and hopefully I won’t speak about it again.”

Taylor says that the Celtic players are still refusing to give up on the title after the win at McDiarmid Park, despite the 18-point gap between themselves and Rangers.

“We’ve won so many trophies domestically in a row, and we’ve got a massive fight on our hands this season, and we can’t ever rest on our laurels,” he said.

“We can’t give anything up without a fight. We’re just looking at it one game at a time and it’s on to Wednesday night [against Aberdeen]to try and get another three points.”

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