Earlier this season, Celtic forward Scott Sinclair was in a bit of a rut at Parkhead.
The 29-year-old was on a downward trajectory, where he looked to be even less threatening than he was last season. He still played well, but there was a feeling that he was a marked man. He played 54 games in total last term, managing 18, goals which is definitely still a decent return.
However, compared to his 2016/17 season, where the winger scored 25 goals in all competitions in Celtic’s treble-winning season, this was a drop in standards. In this season, he was also voted the Celtic Supporters’ Player of the Year, Celtic Players’ Player of the Year, the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year, and the SFWA Footballer of the Year. It was a momentous season where he looked to be the player that earned a move to Man City from Swansea back in 2012.
Therefore, from a brilliant first season at Paradise, he slumped considerably, to the point where he was no longer a guaranteed starter this term. There was a sense that manager Brendan Rodgers was slowly turning off him. What’s worse for Celtic fans, he seemed to go missing in a lot of the club’s biggest games, and the fans were becoming acutely aware of this.
However, the former England under-21 international has had a major turn in form recently, where he has notched seven goals in his last five games. He is starting to emulate the form from two seasons ago, and that can only mean good things for Celtic. Their pursuit of their third domestic treble in a row is still well on track, however, the form of Sinclair bodes well for their European hopes.
Still in the Europa League, The Bhoys are desperately seeking to end their poor run in Europe. With the sudden upturn in form from players like Sinclair, that seems more possible than ever. With a visit from La Liga outfit side Valencia in a matter of weeks, this is Sinclair’s chance to show that he is back to his best.