Former Celtic player Jackie McNamara believes that Hoops winger Scott Sinclair can forge his way back into Neil Lennon’s side after an abortive season thus far.
The 30-year-old has made only six appearances to date in the current campaign, with the last of those coming in September, and has not been included in the starting line-up at all this season. [via TransferMarkt]
Has Neil Lennon treated Scott Sinclair unfairly?
Despite being relegated to the fringes at Celtic, the Englishman has been backed by McNamara to save his ailing Hoops career.
When asked by Football Insider if Sinclair had played his last game for the club, McNamara replied: “I don’t think so. There are games coming up.
“One of the last games they used him in was against Partick Thistle in the League Cup, when he came on and scored. So I think he’s a player who’s done well for Celtic through the years, especially in the first year with Brendan (Rodgers).
“Obviously it’s tough to get in with the form of other ones, it’s part and parcel of being at a big club, at a successful club. Opportunities and chances, you have to take them, but I think he’s been a good servant to Celtic.”
McNamara is right to commend Sinclair for what he has given to Celtic since arriving in Glasgow in 2016, with the winger scoring 62 goals in 166 appearances for the Hoops.
He has even made the most of his sporadic action this season, managing to score twice despite being given only 86 minutes of game-time (as per TransferMarkt).
McNamara has also correctly alluded to the form of Celtic’s other left wingers over the course of the last few months as an obstacle to Sinclair getting back into the team.
Mikey Johnston began the campaign with three goals and four assists from 10 games before being sidelined by a lengthy thigh injury, with loan signing Mohamed Elyounoussi then taking over to score seven goals in his first 12 Celtic appearances.
However, with the former yet to make his comeback and the latter incurring a foot injury on international duty (as per Herald Scotland), Sinclair might yet be thrown a lifeline by Lennon.
Also, as McNamara has said, Celtic have a very busy December schedule, with seven Premiership matches, the Betfred Cup final and a Europa League trip to Romania (as per celticfc.net). Therefore, the manager could make plenty of changes to his line-up in order to keep players fresh, which may see Sinclair called in from the cold.
If that is the case, the winger must continue in the same vein of maximising his sporadic game-time as he did earlier this season.
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