Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that rarely-seen winger Scott Sinclair will feature for the Hoops in Europa League action tonight.
Has Neil Lennon treated Scott Sinclair unfairly?
The Daily Record reported quotes from Lennon saying that the 30-year-old will play against CFR Cluj in Romania as he gave an update on potential team selections.
The manager indicated that Leigh Griffiths, Nir Bitton, Moritz Bauer and Craig Gordon will also be given game-time in tonight’s clash, with the likes of Fraser Forster, Odsonne Edouard, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor not among the travelling party. [via Daily Record]
There is nothing riding on the game for Celtic as a team, with the Hoops already assured of top spot in Group E, but Sinclair should certainly not be short of motivation to impress against CFR Cluj.
The winger has scored 25, 18 and 17 goals in his three previous seasons at the club but has barely had a look-in this term, with just six appearances in all competitions, the last of which came in the Betfred Cup against Partick Thistle nearly three months ago.
Sinclair has had to watch on as Mikey Johnston and Mohamed Elyounoussi took it in turns to impress on the left wing, with his competitors for the position scoring six and seven goals already in 2019/20.
The 30-year-old wasn’t in the squad for Sunday’s Betfred Cup final win over Rangers but at least made the bench for their last two Premiership games after being omitted completely on several previous occasions. [via TransferMarkt]
According to Football Insider, he recently told close confidants that he was considering his exit from Celtic, which does not seem surprising given how little he has played this season after three prolific campaigns at Parkhead.
A positive performance from Sinclair tonight could see Lennon restoring some faith in him for future games, particularly with Elyounoussi looking “not quite right” in the words of Jackie McNamara (Football Insider) since coming back from a recent foot injury.
If the 30-year-old fails to seize his chance against CFR Cluj, though, he could well find himself banished to the fringes by his manager once again. Celtic may already be through as group winners but expect Sinclair to treat this match with the utmost of motivation.
Celtic fans, do you think Sinclair could earn back his place in the team if he plays well tonight? If he doesn’t, do you see a way back for him at the club? Comment below with your views!
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