Celtic winger Scott Sinclair has been given the green light to leave the club on transfer deadline day if he wishes.
Football Insider reported that Sunderland are planning a late bid to sign the 30-year-old before the transfer window closes this evening.
According to Football Insider, Sinclair also has prospective suitors from other clubs around Europe on the final day of the main transfer window across the continent.
He ended the 2016/17 campaign as the club’s Player of the Year while also being named Players’ Player of the Year. [via Sky Sports]
The English winger was a regular presence in the Hoops’ team for the past two seasons also and has made 164 appearances for the club, scoring 61 times (one per 2.69 games) and supplying 34 assists (one every 4.82 games). [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
However, he has struggled for gametime so far this season, failing to start any of Celtic’s 13 matches and featuring as a substitute in only four of them, with a cumulative total of 56 minutes of on-field action without a goal or assist. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
He has been left out of Celtic’s matchday squad for their last five games and has not featured since a brief substitute appearance at Motherwell more than three weeks ago. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
The loan signing of fellow left winger Mohamed Elyounoussi from Southampton last week adds further competition for the role, with Mikey Johnston featuring regularly on the left flank for Celtic in the early weeks of the season.
The 20-year-old has been in fine form recently, with three goals and three assists to his name already in 10 games in 2019/20 (a goal and assist every 3.33 games) following yesterday’s derby win over Rangers.
Elyounoussi failed to score or provide an assist in 19 games at Southampton last season, but he netted 23 times and supplied 30 assists in 84 appearances for Swiss Super League club Basel in the two years prior to that, averaging a goal per 3.65 games and an assist every 2.8 games in Switzerland. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Sinclair has boasted a better goal return than Elyounoussi over the past three years and his overall Celtic average is better than Johnston’s goal return so far this season.
However, with both Elyounoussi and Johnston recording better assists tallies, and with Sinclair not even getting a look-in with the first team squad recently, the time may have come for Celtic to part ways with a winger who can be very happy with his abundant goal return in a three-year spell in which the Hoops won every domestic trophy going.
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