IRN-BRU SFL PHENOMENAL PLAYER OF THE MONTH / GINGER BOOT WINNER: LYLE TAYLOR (Falkirk)
Falkirk striker Lyle Taylor’s fine form during December when he netted 7 times, including two hat-tricks, earned him the IRN-BRU Phenomenal Player of the Month Award as well as admiring glances from a number of clubs.
The 22-year-old, netted once against Cowdenbeath before hitting trebles against Airdrie and Dumbarton to draw attention to himself with Hibs reported to be monitoring Taylor closely, however the Londoner is no hurry to leave the Bairns.
Taylor wants to prove how good he is by ignoring the speculation saying: “It is nice to be linked with other clubs but anyone who has ever done well in football has had stories linking him with this club or that club.”
“Good players put that to the back of their minds and keep playing to a high level. I am just looking to keep putting goals in for Falkirk.”
Taylor, who began his career at Millwall, joined the Bairns from Bournemouth in the summer, added: “My contract ends at the end of next season so as far as I am concerned it is up to Falkirk if I go anywhere else. I have not and will not let my attention go elsewhere and I am just focusing on my football.”
“I am looking to do my best for the team, for the fans and for myself.”
Life in Scotland has been enjoyable for Taylor who added: “I have enjoyed being up here but anywhere is good as long as you are playing. I have been at home before and not playing and that has the opposite feeling.”
Taylor’s family travelled north 3 days before Christmas and they arrived just in time to see him score the first of his trebles as he explained: “They got a plane up and went straight to Airdrie game. It was the first time they had seen me score since a Bournemouth game over a year ago so it was a special day.”
There was nearly a Christmas Grinch however with Taylor adding: “The Airdrie kit-man refused to give me the match ball despite the referee saying I should have it. Thankfully the manager Steven Pressley sorted it and I have it now.”
“On Boxing Day we went to Dunfermline where I set up a last minute winner and they were at the Dumbarton game when I scored three times but we unfortunately lost. It was great to have them up here with me.”