Celtic supporters have been drowning their sorrows in recent times after seeing their side slump to a second Scottish Premiership defeat of the season on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park off the back of victory over Rosenborg in their opening Europa League group match on Thursday night, and thus full of confidence ahead of the meeting with Steve Clarke’s side. And while the Bhoys took the lead on Sunday through Leigh Griffiths in the first half, goals from Chris Burke and Stuart Findley after the break sealed a deserved 2-1 success for Killy, thus inflicting a second league defeat of the campaign on the defending champions.
As such, there have been many disappointed Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent comments from Kilmarnock forward Kris Boyd, who has said that winger Scott Sinclair looks a ‘shadow of the player he was’.
And in adding that the former Aston Villa star ‘ain’t anywhere near where he needs to be’, the 35-year-old is absolutely spot on to suggest that the Englishman seriously needs to buck his ideas up.
Ultimately, 29-year-old Sinclair made the move north of the border back in 2016 after a testing spell at Villa, and he certainly produced the goods in his first season at Parkhead in netting 25 goals and laying on 12 assists in all competitions to help Rodgers’ side to an unbeaten league campaign, as well as the domestic treble.
At the time, the winger was arguably the best player in Scottish football and some were even speculating whether he should get a call-up to the England squad, and while he didn’t perform as well the season after, scoring 18 goals and laying on 17 assists in all competitions, he still enjoyed a very impressive campaign.
However, while those figures last season were good, Sinclair did only manage two league goals in 2018 before the start of this term and was even dropped to the substitute’s bench on occasion by manager Rodgers – thus, his influence began dwindling at the rear end of last season.
And Boyd is absolutely right to suggest that he is struggling for form this time round as well given he has bagged just once in 11 appearances in all competitions, while the fact that he has started only one game in the Scottish Premiership underlines how highly Rodgers currently rates the winger: not very highly at all.
Yet this is a player who little over 12 months ago was tearing it up in Scotland and proving to be a very shrewd addition by Rodgers upon his arrival at Celtic Park back in 2016 – as Boyd correctly states, if the Bhoys are to improve, Rodgers needs his big players to ‘stand up’, and Sinclair definitely falls into that category.
Ultimately, little over 12 months ago, there was talk of a possible return to the England squad for Sinclair, yet now he can’t even command regular football at his club – as such, Boyd is spot on to suggest that the £4.05 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) needs to improve and buck his ideas up to thus help Rodgers’ side this season.
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