Scott Sinclair has played a key role for Celtic over the years, despite being in and out of Neil Lennon’s side since his arrival as manager.
The journeyman attacker has been hugely successful during his time with the club and it looks as though he has been rewarded for his services, although there may be a little more than meets the eye regarding the decision.
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Peter Lawwell has decided to take up the option to extend Sinclair’s contract by a further year, according to a report by the Scottish Sun.
It is claimed the winger will now earn around £1.7million over the next 12 months, which will make him Celtic’s highest earner.
However, it seems that his future at Parkhead is far from clear, as the Hoops could look to cash in on him with reported interest from Middlesbrough.
It would not be a surprise if this was a move by Celtic in trying to ‘protect their assets’ when looking at the reasons as to why Sinclair’s extension was triggered.
The experienced attacker has been superb for the Bhoys during his time with the club, despite having struggled this season in front of goal with just nine goals in his 30 Scottish Premiership appearances.
However, with the possibility of losing on a free transfer looming, it would make sense for Lawwell to use everything in his power to be able to try and command a transfer fee for the player, especially if Middlesbrough look to act upon their alleged interest.
Still only 30-years-old, Sinclair still has plenty of ability and can still be a key player for Celtic moving forward, so even if they were not able to move him on, he could still play a vital role for them as they look to make it a ninth title in a row next season.
Celtic fans, has Lawwell done the right thing? Do you think the club have offered Sinclair a new deal just to protect themselves from losing him on a free transfer? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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