Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson thinks that Scott Sinclair’s decision to leave Celtic this week was borne out of frustration.
The 30-year-old winger completed a permanent transfer to Preston in recent days after starting only one game this season under Neil Lennon, having previously thrived with the Hoops, and Robinson thinks Sinclair was justified in making the decision to move on.
Speaking to Football Insider about the ex-Celtic winger, he said: “He’s not got a look in, has he? He’s not had any game time under Neil Lennon, he’s been left out of it. For me, it just looks like frustration, it looks to me like he’s completely fed up of the lack of football and he’s just going somewhere where he’s going to play football.
“Preston are having a good season, they’re looking like they’re trying to get in the play-offs. I don’t see it as a long-term move for him, for me it just looks like an experienced player who’s had enough of not playing football and is just desperate to play.”
Robinson’s view that Sinclair may have become “fed up” at Celtic is understandable given how the 30-year-old had been suddenly banished to the fringes at Parkhead by Lennon during 2019. After an excellent first season at the club in 2016/17 in which he scored 25 goals and was named Celtic’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year, he proved it was no flash in the pan by following up with 18 and 17 goals in the following two campaigns.
He was still used regularly towards the end of last season after Lennon replaced Brendan Rodgers in February and the manager’s sudden reluctance to include him in the starting XI this season seemed hard to fathom given Sinclair’s consistently strong scoring return for the Hoops. Having scored 60 goals in his first three seasons at the club, he then found himself living off sporadic substitute appearances during the current campaign, with a paltry 17 minutes across two appearances off the bench in the Scottish Premiership (as per TransferMarkt).
It was telling that his only start all season came in a Europa League match against CFR Cluj when Celtic had already won their group and Lennon made wholesale changes to his starting line-up for the game in Romania. Therefore, it’s not hard to see why Robinson feels the 30-year-old may have grown frustrated with life at Parkhead and sought a fresh start elsewhere, with Preston firmly in the English Championship promotion mix as they lie just two points outside the play-offs.
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