Celtic supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team return to top spot in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their meeting with league leaders Kilmarnock having drawn 1-1 with Motherwell in their preceding league encounter, and thus seeking to get back to winning ways when Steve Clarke’s side visited Parkhead. And they did just that in emphatic fashion as a brace from James Forrest alongside goals from Odsonne Edouard, Mikael Lustig, and Ryan Christie inspired the hosts to a 5-1 victory, thus seeing them move above Killy into top spot in the Scottish Premiership table.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team will be able to fend off the likes of Kilmarnock and Old Firm rivals Rangers to lift their eighth successive league title come May.
And one man who could be set to play a key part in what success they have in 2019 is winger Scott Sinclair, who signed from Aston Villa for just £3.69 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in the summer of 2016.
And given how impressive he has been, in the main, during his time at Celtic Park, which pales into contrast how ineffective he was throughout his time at Villa Park, it’s clear that the bold call from Rodgers to sign and thus invest in the winger is showing Villa the error of their ways.
Ultimately, the Englishman made a name for himself during his time at Swansea, under Rodgers, before earning a move to Premier League champions Manchester City back in 2012 – a stint which yielded just 19 appearances before Villa came calling.
And despite the 29-year-old initially moving to Villa Park on loan in 2015, the club made that move permanent that summer after one goal in nine Premier League games for the Villans in the 2014/15 season – he hardly pulled up any trees.
And the winger was unable to inspire the Midlands giants to top-flight safety the year after either in netting just twice in 27 Premier League games for the Villans – and both of those came in their 2-2 draw with Sunderland just four matches into the season.
Thus, it was something of a bold call from Rodgers, who had only just taken over Celtic at the time, to reunite with Sinclair north of the border, but it’s a call that he is reaping the rewards from given how influential the 29-year-old has been for the Bhoys.
The Englishman, capped seven times at Under-21 level by his country, scored 25 goals and laid on 13 assists in his first season at Parkhead to inspire Rodgers’ side to an unbeaten domestic campaign, before adding 12 goals and 19 assists last term as they again won the treble.
And with five goals and five assists already this time round, alongside a reintroduction back into the starting eleven in recent weeks, it’s plainly obvious that Rodgers has been able to get the best out of the 29-year-old at Celtic.
And given how well Sinclair has performed and how much confidence he has at Celtic, it must be of huge disappointment to Villa supporters, as they simply didn’t see any of that during the winger’s time at the Midlands outfit – he’s clearly a very talented player, but he wasn’t during his time at Villa Park.
And while Rodgers made the bold call to reunite with Sinclair, given just how difficult a time he had had at Villa, the Northern Irishman’s gamble is paying off to the point that he is certainly showing the Villans the error of their ways.
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