Taylor bemoans 'small mistakes' in slow Champions League start

The defender said the smallest errors were punished in the elite European competition ahead of the visit of Atletico Madrid to Celtic Park.

Celtic left-back Greg Taylor believes ironing out the small details and retaining belief in their style of play can help gather elusive Champions League points.

Celtic have taken only two points from eight games in the competition over the past two seasons.

They have another chance to get off the mark in this campaign when they take on Atletico Madrid at Parkhead on Wednesday.

Celtic won a sixth consecutive cinch Premiership game on Sunday when they beat Hearts 4-1 but Taylor knows the Spanish side will pose a noticeably different challenge.

Taylor said: “In terms of the level, you definitely get punished for mistakes. And the tempo of the game is quicker. Where maybe domestically you can take two or three touches, it has to be one or two touches.”

Nevertheless, Celtic have produced some encouraging displays so far in the competition, losing 2-0 against Feyenoord with nine men and falling to a last-gasp goal against Lazio last time out.

When asked how they can turn plaudits into points, Taylor said: “I think it’s just the small details. You get punished for slight mistakes.

“You are playing against world-class players so they will hurt you at times but it’s about trying to control where they can hurt you.

“And equally we want to play our football. We want to get on the ball and create chances.

“We want to be a team that dominates the ball, domestically and in Europe, so that’s what we are going to try and do throughout the European campaign.”

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