Many were left surprised by Scott Sinclair’s exclusion from the starting lineup on Sunday, as it was surely widely expected his experience would be vital to Celtic’s cause.
However, Neil Lennon – whether he’s in charge next season or not – is clearly shaping up the Hoops for a future without their star winger.
Since Lenny’s second coming, Sinclair’s yet to score or assist a goal in all competitions and, after links (as per the Scottish Sun) away back in March, the end is surely coming. Indeed, he’s been given quite a few chances, with Celtic tweaking their game to his advantage, but scuffed it every time.
Obviously, he’s lacking that cutting edge which defined him years ago and made him such a hit when he moved north of the border. Despite having scored 9 league goals this season, he’s far from his best. The 30-year-old isn’t as effective as he used to be, something that cannot be tolerated considering the uncertain future of the Bhoys’ attack. Even against Rangers, he only took one noticeable swipe at goal and looked nowhere near as dangerous as Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest were.
He’s been unable to cope with the new generation, often fluffing chances and looking past it. Sinclair isn’t as pacy nor as creative with his dribbling, as one could see why the Hoops might be unwilling to extend his contract any further.
If Celtic want to further stamp their authority, keeping a regressing talent like Sinclair is simply not an option. Be it under Brendan Rodgers or Lennon, he’s been extremely inconsistent this season, which will convince the Hoops to replace him with a vibrant young talent next season.
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