Anthony Taylor is used to being the one giving the orders.
The referee and former prison officer of Premier League feels at home in command and directs the people around him. Even his dog is named after Field Marshal Montgomery.
That is going to change soon.
Greg Taylor admits that he went through mental torture pending Celtic to make their move.
The Kilmarnock and The Left Back in Scotland ended weeks of speculation by moving £ 2.2 million to Parkhead on Monday evening.
A cash-plus player move was at stake when defenders Jack Hendry and Calvin Miller turned down a switch to Ayrshire.
Ready to drop everything after undergoing medical and consenting personal conditions on Saturday came the call the 22-year-old had been waiting for after a gym session at the Scottish team hotel in Edinburgh.
Given the green light from national team boss Steve Clarke to skip dinner and head to Glasgow to sign a four-year deal. Taylor couldn't hide his relief because he admitted: & # 39; It was mental torture. It was a waiting game.
& # 39; I went to the gym at the hotel in Scotland on Monday afternoon and left my phone in the room because I had been on it so much.
& # 39; I was just waiting for the text or call from Jackie McNamara, my agent, to say it was on.
& # 39; When I got back to the room around 5:00 PM, I got it then.
& # 39; My girlfriend will be glad I don't check my phone all the time.
& # 39; She and my family have been under more pressure because they knew how much it meant to me. & # 39;
Celtic has also pushed deals for Manchester City's 18-year-old right back, Jeremie Frimpong, for a four-year deal with Manchester United defender Lee O'Connor before that Monday night's deadline to end a 48-hour whirlwind, which started with a 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.
Tipped to draw before the Old Firm collision Taylor admits: & # 39; I was sitting on the couch with a cup of tea
& # 39; I certainly wasn't pressured like the boys who played.
& # 39; But they were excellent. It was great from start to finish – and a great victory.
& # 39; Did I think I could ever play in it? You never know in football. Anything can happen.
& # 39; I just hoped the deal could be completed, but I missed it by a day.
& # 39; People said I might be able to play, but I was just focused on getting it done. & # 39;
& # 39; It's a huge club, everyone knows that, and I'm here to win trophies, it's that simple and I can't wait to hopefully be a part of it. I am delighted to be a Celtic player and I want to try to impress the fans and of course the manager.
The departments of Kieran Tierney and Emilio Izaguirre left Neil Lennon with a vacancy for a second left back after the conquest of Boli Bolingoli for £ 3 million from Rapid Vienna.
Max Lowe got a game for the first team from Derby County. Taylor, 22, was let out as the best available option after Killie declined two bids worth £ 500k from Bundesliga 2 team Nurnburg and a £ 750,000 offer from League One Kilmarnock.
Relieved to end uncertainty about his future before focusing on Scottish-born two-headed Gourock-born Taylor, his new Celtic teammates questioned the events before signing.
& # 39; Callum (McGregor), Ryan (Christie) and James (Forrest) are now with the Scottish squad and they asked me what was going on today. Now that it's over, I can't wait to be a part of this squad, and to say I'm a Celtic player is a dream come true.
& # 39; As a footballer you want to win matches and here's the question to win every game, but I'm looking forward to that pressure. Hopefully it will bring out the best in me and it is a real honor to have signed for this club. & # 39;
Kilmarnock and Scotland teammate Stephen O'Donnell – also previously associated with Celtic – believes Taylor had the mindset to face a move to Parkhead during Scotland's defeat in Belgium in June.
& # 39; He is a very young player with a lot of experience. He has a very big mentality for big occasions, people in Belgium saw that.
& # 39; When he starts playing weekly, it's big boots to fill from Kieran Tierney, but he succeeds.
& # 39; It may take some time to get used to, but he has worked exceptionally hard among the two or three managers he has had with Killie and deserves his move. & # 39; Celtic also secured Manchester United, Irish youth international O'Connor and Man City's teenage Dutch-born right back Jeremie Frimpong before the deadline, the latter with a four-year deal.
Defender Jack Hendry remained seated despite a late investigation by the newly acquired Bolton Wanderers.
Fullback Anthony Ralston was loaned to St Johnstone while reserve striker Jack Aithison joined Frimley Green on a seasonal loan.
Leicester & # 39; guards Burnley & # 39; s Charlie Taylor & # 39; while Brendan Rodgers is considering possible substitutions for England, rear left Ben Chilwell
Leicester scouts have seen Taylor in action a number of times, which up to now has also impressed during his stay in Burnley.
Taylor started his career at Leeds and previously loaned it to a number of teams and moved to Burnley in 2017 after reaching the end of his contract.
The two clubs agreed £ 5 million to prevent them from going to court. Taylor had been offered a new contract and was under the age of 24, so Leeds was entitled to compensation for the transfer.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche recently praised the left back and said that he should be considered alongside Chilwell as a place in the England squad.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers Taylor has been on his radar for a while after he became interested in his services while in Celtic.
The foxes are third in the Premier League and are destined for the Champions League next season, although they do not win in the last four games.
Meanwhile, Burnley are currently unbeaten in six games in the league, a series of form that includes victories over Leicester and Manchester United.
Fourth seed Simona Halep suffers shock second round loss for Taylor Townsend at the US Open
- The Romanian had lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows the past two years
- Halep's fourth seed again underwent a frustrating day at the US Open on Thursday
- American Townsend won 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 to reach the third round for the first time
Simona Halep & # 39; s advice to Taylor Townsend came back to bite her after the American qualifier had dumped the Wimbledon champion from the US Open.
Townsend, ranked 116 in the world, came from behind to numb the Romanian fourth seed in a third set tie-break and won 2- 6 6-3 7-6 (4).
Halep defeated Townsend 6-1 6-3 at the Miami Open in March, after which the 23-year-old asked for some tips.
Halep revealed: & # 39; After we had played together, she came into the dressing room and asked me what she needed to improve to get better. I won't say anything next time. & # 39;
Townsend, facing Sorana Cirstea in round three, recalled: & # 39; I don't know why I did it, but I did it. I was a bit stuck.
& # 39; I am not saying that everything she said I had implemented in my training, but it was absolutely in the back of my mind to remember what she said and also remember why I asked, what drove me to ask that question, kind of that hunger and the desire to get well. & # 39;
& # 39; This competition for a club like ours is vital: Exeter boss Matt Taylor insists that Leasing.com Trophy earnings are crucial as he prepares for a semi-final confrontation with Portsmouth holders
- Exeter travels to Portsmouth holders in the semi-final of Leasing.com on Tuesday
- The Grecians have never won the tournament since its introduction in 1983/84
- Boss Matt Taylor insisted that the much-maligned trophy is crucial for the club
As Exeter City directs another trip to Wembley- manager Matt Taylor insists that the Leasing.com Trophy is a crucial part of the lifeblood of the club.
The competition has changed a lot since the introduction as Associate Members Cup in 1983-84 and is much malicious.
Exeter never won and is on Tuesday in the first semifinal of this year at Portsmouth in Fratton Park.
" We survive by selling the players we produce and this competition is absolutely important as it brings them closer to the hardships of League Two.
& # 39; That is why it is so important and of course every money we generate by going as far as possible is financially beneficial. & # 39;
Taylor works in the Trophy with what he likes to call his hybrid team, which combines young people with some of the senior players on the fringes of his League Two team.
It has not stopped them from moving on to the last four and teenagers such as Jordan Dyer, loaned to Tiverton Town, and Harry Kite, loaned to Taunton Town, can expect to be involved with Pompey.
& # 39; We are trying to find the right balance, & # 39; said Taylor. "We have a reputation for producing good academy players and we have a really strong group in the Under-23 & # 39; s en route to the first team and three or four in the first team.
"They have served us well in this competition. We haven't had an easy route and this will be the toughest test so far in Fratton Park, live on national television and with the chance to come to Wembley. & # 39;
Exeter & # 39; s youth policy has helped them produce players such as Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu, currently on loan to RB Leipzig and prepare a Champions League draw at Tottenham.
Others include Ollie Watkins from Brentford and Matt Grimes from Swansea.
& # 39; It was great to see that those who leave continue well & # 39 ;, Taylor said. & # 39; It shows that we produce good players.
& # 39; There can't be many Category Three academies that have produced as many players as Ethan, the best young Welsh prospect, and Ollie, one of the most sought after players in the championship, and Matty, who are doing fantastically well. & # 39;
Taylor has been in charge of Exeter since he replaced Paul Tisdale in 2018 and they are chasing League Two promotion.
He appeared before the Devon club in their Wembley triumph in the Conference play-off against Cambridge in 2008 and was on the coaching staff of Tisdale for the recent latest play-off defeats against Blackpool and Coventry.
Brentford ready to test Charlton & # 39; s determination about Lyle Taylor after missing Arsenal & # 39; s Folarin Balogun
- Brentford have long been admirers of Charlton Athletic star Lyle Taylor
- Taylor has seven goals from 13 games this period despite setbacks of injuries
- Brentford turned to Taylor after Arsenal £ 5m Folarin Balogun bid 
Josh Taylor insists that he will not derail his golden future after racist abuse of the nightclub bouncer: & # 39; It was completely out of his character & # 39;
- Josh Taylor apologized for the racist abuse of a bouncer in a nightclub incident
- He said that drinking & # 39; many & # 39; terrible effect on him during episode
- His next fight will be against mandatory challenger Apinun Khonsong
Great Britain & # 39; s No. 1 hunter did not vow too late alcohol derail his budding career
The Dynamic Scot, which is required to defend its WBA and IBF super lightweight world titles against Thailand & # 39; s mandatory challenger Apinun Khonsong by the end of April, has apologized for the nightclub incident declaring him guilty of racist abuse of a bouncer.
Taylor admits: & # 39; I had drunk way too much that night and because I'm not really used to alcohol, it had an even worse effect on me.
& I am truly sorry about what happened and I promise it will never happen again. It was completely out of his character.
"Normally I gave children an example to follow in boxing as a better alternative to gangs and knife crime. That is what I will continue to do. Do my best to be a role model.
& # 39; The best way I can do that is to focus on becoming the first undisputed world champion in my division since my idol Ken Buchanan. & # 39;
Taylor, 28, is certainly good enough to achieve that goal after his exciting unification win over talented American Regis Prograis.
First he must deal with Khonsong who is an identical 26-0 has an undefeated record.
The big Thai punching has another KO to his name, but has not mixed it with the same opposition class.
Taylor spoke in London at the launch of a youth boxing academy by his new management company MTK Global.
The Ulsterman left the company with his legendary Irish manager Barry McGuigan, whose son Shane was his trainer during his rise to become world champion MTK and famous American promoter Bob Arum.
Taylor says: "I thank Shane and Barry for everything they have done for me. There is some sadness but there were also some legal issues that I cannot comment on. I also had to take the next step in my career. & # 39;
Taylor tries out with potential new trainers and has so far tried to work with Ben Davison, who has just said goodbye to Tyson Fury, and Adam Booth, who is training Billy Joe Saunders.
Arum lost the seven-digit stock market bid for the next Taylor fight, which is expected to continue to be staged in the UK by Khonsong & # 39; s promoters.
Arum focuses on a subsequent & # 39; undisputed & # 39; fight, followed by a higher division for a super fight against his American star Terence Crawford.
Bob Arum promises to give Josh Taylor the fight of his dreams at Edinburgh Castle when talks with IBF mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong near completion – based Top Rank
Legendary promoter Bob Arum told Josh Taylor that he is ready to take on the challenge of giving him the fight of his dreams at Edinburgh Castle.
Negotiations for dual world champion Taylor & # 39; s next match with IBF mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong are almost at a conclusion, with Friday being the date set for wallet bids unless a late deal can be pulled out.
Arum signed the 29-year-old Scot in his Top Rank roster two weeks ago and has potted a super lightweight unification conflict with WBC and WBO kingpin Jose Ramirez for later this year, as well as a future collision with welterweight star – and stablemate – Terence Crawford.
Taylor has his ambition to put his titles on the esplanade in front of the castle and Arum assumes that everything is possible.
We would absolutely look at that, & he said. "I can't really talk about (the castle) because it is up to my technical people, but I assume there would be no problem that can't be solved.
" We promote Mick Conlan from Northern Ireland and played a match at the Belfast exhibition grounds last year. A huge crowd emerged and it was a great evening.
Featherweight Conlan defeated Argentinian Diego Alberto Ruiz last August for a 10,000-plus outdoor crowd at Falls Park in Belfast, with Arum admitting that the success of the promotion gives him extra appetite for another special show with WBA and IBF belt holder Taylor in Scotland.
& # 39; We have the Conlan fight & # 39; Sent back to the United States in the afternoon and we would like to promote a fight in Scotland, & he said.
We are returning to Northern Ireland in May with Carl Frampton fighting for a £ 130 title and I love promoting fights on the other side of the pond.
& # 39; The truth is that the best fans in the world now come from the UK. Taylor was spotted in Dubai with Tyson Fury & # 39; s old trainer Ben Davison as he plans his future after a split between Shane McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions.
Meanwhile, the Prestonpans hunters team in Top Rank continues to talk to undefeated Thai Khongsong & promoters – a deal with Arum optimistic to prevent the contest being offered by the IBF on Friday.
& # 39; We are working on that, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I think we will find a solution for that. & # 39;
Bristol City turns to Charlton & Lyle Taylor while striker search continues after Robins failed to get Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal
- Bristol City hopes sign a striker this month to promote promotion opportunities
- They've turned their attention to Charlton before Taylor closes the window
- It came after being frustrated in their efforts to get Nketiah from Arsenal on loan
- Taylor has scored seven goals this season in 13 games on either side of knee injury
Bristol City has paid attention to Charlton star Lyle Taylor in their attempts to draw a new striker this month.
The city hoped to get Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal but saw their hope wiped out when Mikel Arteta decided to keep him with the Emirates instead of England's front man under 21 to return.
Addicks talisman Taylor scored 25 goals last season to help Charlton promote League One through the play-offs and only a knee injury sustained during international duty at Montserrat in September stopped his brilliant start in the championship .
Taylor scored five times in his first six appearances in the second layer before being excluded for three months.
The 29-year-old returned in December and scored twice, meaning that this season he achieved a score of seven goals from only 13 games.
Taylor still has r six months to go with his contract and could this su mmer, which this month Charlton & # 39; s last chance to get a compensation for their valued possession.
And the favorite of Valley fans is currently focused on returning a slight thigh injury to support Charlton & # 39; s attempt to climb the Championship table.
But city manager Lee Johnson is determined to strengthen his frontline this month and plans to pull Taylor away from South Londoners before the current transfer window ends.
& # 39; Why is he still there? & # 39 ;: Chris Sutton renews his call to Gordon Taylor to step down as PFA chief amid the charity watchdog's investigation into the union
- Gordon Taylor has led the PFA since 1981 but agreed to step down last year
- The Charity Commission is currently investigating the charity arm of the players' association
- The watchdog said it had launched an investigation into the PFA about & # 39; serious concerns & # 39;
- Chris Sutton said that Taylor there & # 39; immobile & # 39; , but hoped he would finally leave
Chris Sutton has renewed his call for Gordon Taylor to resign as Chief Professional Footballers & Association, after the Charity Commission launched a new investigation into the charity arm of the players' union.
The charity watchdog has started a legal investigation of the PFA because of & # 39; serious concerns & # 39; after an initial evaluation.
The new probe, described by the Commission as & # 39; the most serious intervention & # 39 ;, has the power to disqualify trustees, of which Taylor is £ 75 million a year, .
Taylor has been PFA CEO since 1981, but 10 months ago agreed to resign.
On Wednesday evening, Sutton, a Sportsmail columnist and vocal critic of the PFA, said: & # 39; Why is he still there? & # 39;
Sutton said: & # 39; He has built a power base around him and seems to be immobile, but perhaps this is ultimately the one. The Commission has looked at the PFA for a long time.
& # 39; The fact that this still happens a year later tells you everything you need to know. & # 39;
The research, which focuses on the Professional Footballers & Association Charity (PFAC) is expected to look at Taylor's salary.
PFA Chairman Ben Purkiss, whose revelations to Sportsmail in 2018 prompted the investigation, welcomed the development. " from the Commission underlines the seriousness of the investigation into the PFA charity. "