Celtic manager Neil Lennon is planning to have discussions with winger Scott Sinclair this week about his role at the club.
Football Insider reported that Lennon intends to hold clear-the-air talks with the 30-year-old and will look to reintegrate him into Celtic’s squad after overlooking him for most of the season so far.
Last week, Football Insider reported that Sunderland were planning a deadline day bid for the player after he was given permission to leave Celtic, but he ultimately remained with the Scottish champions.
Sinclair has gone from being an integral player at Celtic in the last three seasons to being left on the fringes this term.
Prior to the start of the 2019/20 campaign, he had scored 60 goals and provided 34 assists in 160 appearances for the club, an average of 0.38 goals and 0.21 assists per game. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
However, he has played in only four of Celtic’s 13 matches so far this season, coming on as a substitute each time and posting cumulative gametime of just 56 minutes. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
He has one goal to his name in the current campaign, although that came in their first Champions League qualifier away to Sarajevo two months ago. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Fellow left winger Mikey Johnston has taken advantage of Sinclair’s banishment to the fringes of the action at Celtic by making eight starts and two substitute appearances, scoring three goals (0.3 per game) and clocking four assists (0.4 per game). [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Lewis Morgan, another left-sided midfield player, has started four games this season and featured in 10 altogether, with one goal and two assists to his name so far in 2019/20. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Since Sinclair last played for Celtic against Motherwell on August 10th, Lennon has added another left winger with the loan signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi from Southampton.
The Norway international has yet to feature for the Hoops, having joined just before their recent derby win over Rangers, but he did not score or set up any goals for the Saints in 19 appearances last season.
Whatever the reasons for Sinclair’s sudden downgrading of his role at Celtic, Johnston has seized his opportunity to become the team’s most effective and prominent left winger in recent weeks.
Sinclair has done enough in his time at the club to at least deserve an explanation from Lennon as to why he has been sidelined so regularly, and also merits further opportunities to contribute to Celtic’s bid for a ninth successive league title.
However, the emergence of Johnston and the admittedly less effective fallback options of Morgan and Elyounoussi have served to reduce Celtic’s dependence on the 30-year-old winger.
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