Nottingham Forest owned striker Lyle Taylor congratulated Rangers star Joe Aribo after the player netted during last night’s Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Teddy Beers were taking part in the final against the odds; having beaten Borussia Dortmund, Crvena Zvezda, Braga and RB Leipzig to reach the final.
Aribo has been in fine form for the Gers and Taylor was a teammate of his during their time at Charlton a few years ago.
The 25-year-old has been in fine form this season. He’s found the net nine times and claimed 10 assists in competitions during the 2020/21 campaign.
For Taylor, he started to come alive following a loan move to Birmingham City during the January transfer window. There, he found the net six times and helped the Blues secure their Championship status.
His future could be up in the air though. It seems unlikely that he will earn a City Ground reprieve, with other strikers further up the pecking order than him.
One saving grace is that Lewis Grabban probably won’t sign a new deal and Keinan Davis looks likely to return to Aston Villa.
As a result, if Forest remain a Championship club, they might keep Taylor around the place until another striker option is sought.
Taylor congratulated Rangers star Aribo and Forest man is a useful dressing room influence
Despite what some Forest fans have said in the past about Taylor, it’s pretty clear that he’s a likeable member of any dressing room.
Taylor was on the pitch on Trentside during Tuesday night’s celebrations. He is back at the club after his season finished with Birmingham.
He’s a player who has a big influence on the younger players and that was the case with him and Aribo at Charlton.
Rangers were defeated on penalties last night. Aribo, however, did get on the scoresheet in a major European final; much to the delight of Taylor.
Whatever happens with Taylor next season remains to be seen. He deserves to be playing regularly after his Birmingham loan but he might have to leave Forest to do that.