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Greg Taylor: 'Celtic will lose a massive leader in Scott Brown'

Greg Taylor: 'Celtic will lose a massive leader in Scott Brown'
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The midfielder is joining Aberdeen at the end of the season.

Greg Taylor believes Celtic will lose a "massive leader" when Scott Brown departs for Wednesday's opponents Aberdeen.

After an illustrious career at Parkhead the 35-year-old Hoops skipper will join the Dons as a player-coach, at the behest of former Hibernian team-mate Stephen Glass who recently took charge of the Granite City club.

Ahead of the trip to Pittodrie, left-back Taylor said: "There is no point denying it, we are losing a massive influence.

"He has been a leader, a top player and brilliant for me since I signed.

"On the pitch and in training he leads by example. Still to this day he is out there setting examples, he trains as if it is his last and it is a credit to himself that he has done that for so long.

"So we are losing a massive player and a massive leader but it is football and these things do happen."

Celtic's 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat by Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday meant the Parkhead club will finish the season without silverware for the first time since 2010.

Taylor, who replaced Diego Laxalt at half-time against the newly-crowned champions, gave a nod to the upcoming Euros as he focused on the last four league games.

The Scotland international said: "There is that at the back of your mind but my focus is on Celtic and trying to keep my place in the team and finish as strong as we can in the last four games.

"If I do that and I am playing well the rest should take care of itself ideally."

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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