Celtic winger Scott Sinclair could leave the club in January if he continues to be starved of first team action by Neil Lennon.
Football Insider reported that the 30-year-old has said he is keen to return to his native England in the winter if he cannot forge his way back into first team contention for the Hoops, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Last month, Football Insider claimed that Sunderland had been planning a deadline day bid for Sinclair after he was given permission to leave Celtic, although the same publication reported a few days later that Lennon planned to hold clear-the-air talks with the winger with a view to reintegrating him into the first team picture.
If Lennon’s plan last month was to reintegrate Sinclair into the team, it is not one he has demonstrated so far.
Since the beginning of August, the winger has made just three appearances, coming off the bench against Motherwell and Hibernian in Premiership games and Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup, with a sum total of 41 minutes of gametime in those. [via TransferMarkt]
Sinclair’s only other appearances this season were in three Champions League qualifiers back in July and even then he was restricted to the role of substitute every time, despite scoring in the first of those away to Sarajevo. [via TransferMarkt]
His cause has not been helped by the impressive form of fellow left winger Mikey Johnston, who has three goals and four assists from 10 games this season but has been missing in recent weeks with a groin injury. [via TransferMarkt]
The late August loan arrival of Mohamed Elyounoussi in that position has pushed Sinclair further down the pecking order, with the Norwegian making five starts and scoring once since the September international break.
The 30-year-old’s continued omission from the starting line-up has seemed perplexing in the context of his form over the last three years at Celtic, with 60 goals in 160 appearances prior to the current campaign.
Even with Johnston sidelined over the last month, Sinclair has still barely had a look-in for Celtic, which indicates that Lennon does not see him as part of his plans.
It is a shame that the Englishman’s Hoops career looks set to fizzle out in such an anti-climactic way given how well he performed over the last three years at the club, but he cannot be blamed for wanting to get regular action elsewhere given his sudden banishing to the fringes by Lennon over the last few months.
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