With Celtic’s upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen less than a week away, it seems more and more likely that Scott Sinclair will not be starting the game.
The Hoops attacker was left out of the starting line-up for the third week in a row in the recent 0-0 draw with Livingston.
Sinclair was not brought on in the second-half when the Hoops were chasing a winning goal. Instead, he was kept on the bench for the entire game.
That is quite telling about his current situation at Celtic Park.
It does seem a bit odd that a player that has been so vital to the Hoops’ success over the past three years is so quickly out of favour.
Sinclair could well have made the difference in the second-half against Livingston. After all, he has scored 17 goals this season. But he seems quite far down the pecking order under Neil Lennon.
Situation few would have predicted
It could be that Jonny Hayes is even ahead of Sinclair in the manager’s plans. After all, Hayes did come on against Livingston. That is a situation which few fans would have thought possible only a few weeks ago.
It would be typical of Sinclair if he managed to score a few goals to take his tally to 20 for the season.
But it looks like any goals will come from fleeting cameo appearances. Unless something drastically changes in the weeks ahead, Sinclair’s time as a regular starter is over.