Celtic winger Scott Sinclair could be set to leave the club in the coming days, with a return to England appearing to edge closer.
The Daily Record reported that the 30-year-old has left the Hoops’ mid-season training camp in Dubai to enter negotiations with Preston about a potential transfer, with the Scottish champions giving him permission to speak to the English Championship club after they made an official approach for him.
The Daily Record added quotes from a source as saying: “It looks as if a move at this stage would be in the best interests of all parties.”
If Sinclair were to leave Celtic this month, he would do so after a largely excellent three-and-a-half years at the club, with 62 goals in 167 appearances for the Hoops.
However, the 30-year-old has been frozen out by Neil Lennon at Parkhead this season, with just seven appearances in all competitions and only one start, that coming in a dead rubber Europa League tie at CFR Cluj last month. [via TransferMarkt]
Although Sinclair’s fine scoring record makes his continued omission from Celtic’s first team somewhat hard to fathom, he has not been sorely missed due to the form of other left-wingers at Parkhead.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has scored seven times since joining on a season-long loan from Southampton in August, with Mikey Johnston finding the net six times this season. Lewis Morgan, another option on the left, has scored twice this term.
However, both Elyounoussi and Johnston have had to contend with lengthy injuries in recent months, with the former out since mid-November with a foot problem and the latter missing for almost three months after a groin problem incurred in September.
Johnston hasn’t scored since early December following two goals in as many games after his return from injury, while it remains to be seen if Elyounoussi can rediscover the form he showed prior to his layoff. Also, the Norwegian may not be at the club next year if Celtic are unable to turn his loan move into a permanent one.
It’s not hard to see why Sinclair is looking at a move away from Parkhead given his lack of game-time this season but, after performing so well in his first three seasons for the Hoops only for his fortunes to nosedive in 2019, his likely departure could leave a sour taste and may have significant ramifications if Celtic’s other left-wingers lose the scoring touch that the 30-year-old demonstrated so often for the club.
Celtic fans, what are your thoughts on Sinclair’s possible exit from the club? Has the form of Johnston and Elyounoussi justified his repeated omission by Neil Lennon this term? Comment below with your views!
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