Champions League ‘regular’ signs for Bairns

Lyle Taylor in action against Stirling Albion
Lyle Taylor in action against Stirling Albion

Falkirk have signed a player who frequents Champions League TV coverage.

New striker Lyle Taylor joined last Friday and scored his first goal for the Bairns in Fraserburgh on Saturday - but he has a background that involves Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.

Not only is Taylor a footballer, he’s a model too and has starred in TV adverts with some of the best players in the world.

“I’m in a Ford advert that’s shown every week around the Champions League, it’s strange but something that was great to be involved in.”

Through Andy Ansah’s (who coined Soccer AM catchphrase “Unbelievable Tekkers”) company Taylor has starred in commercials for Nike and Samsung.

“I was in the Nike World Cup advert, and a few other bits and pieces.

“In that one there was Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Thiago Silva and Ki Seung Yeung. I did another with Lampard and Drogba, it was good, in general it was good to be involved in.

“It was a way of earning money and doing something a little bit different, and a bit of fun really.

“It’s something I’m proud to have been able to do but at the end of the day I’m a footballer. This is my job and Falkirk is my focus,” he told The Falkirk Herald.

Taylor says he’s settled well after impressing Steven Pressley on trial, and pleased he overcame last-minute nerves to seal a switch to Scotland.

“When I first heard, I thought yeah,. great, I’ll enjoy that, I have nothing to lose, but then when the time came to actually come up, I had a brief bit of doubt and thought, ‘I don’t want to go up quite that far’.

“But since I made the step and actually came up I have loved it - I’m really enjoying it. I’m glad I did it now

“It’s a really good club and a really good group of players.”

And Taylor managed to hit his first goal against Fraserburgh on Saturday on the pre-season tour.

However, the former Millwall trainee did find the fishing and farming villages of Aberdeenshire a little different to what he’s used to.

“I’m from south London originally, so Peterhead is a bit of a culture shock, but I’ll be alright.

“It is very far and very different - I find it a bit strange if I’m honest.

“I’ve been round Stirling looking for somewhere to live - it’s nice. I have driven through Falkirk and past the stadium but haven’t been inside yet - but I am looking forward to getting on the pitch at home.”