As Celtic were struggling to get into the recent league game against Livingston, Hoops boss Neil Lennon made an intriguing substitution.
He took off Boli Bolingoli, and replaced him with Jonny Hayes. That was a like for like change, as the Hoops replaced a left-back with a left-back.
That move didn’t work out though, as the Hoops, reduced to 10 men, lost 2-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena. However, one question that needs to be raised in the aftermath of the game, is why didn’t Lennon bring on Scott Sinclair?
Returned to the fold in recent weeks
The Hoops attacker was on the bench for the game. He has returned to the Celtic fold once more in recent weeks, after being out of the squad for weeks.
Indeed, he was brought on towards the end of the recent 1-1 draw with Hibs, tasked with trying to help the Hoops win the game.
However, with the Hoops in a worse situation against Livingston, the Hoops boss didn’t turn to Sinclair. Perhaps it was because the Hoops were down to 10 men, and Lennon didn’t want to run the risk of conceding more goals.
Could next game see player return to starting line-up?
Still, not involving Sinclair in the game has to go down as a missed opportunity. It will be interesting to see if Sinclair features for the Hoops in the first game after the international break. That game is against Ross County at Celtic Park.
That could be the ideal fixture for the player to have his first start of the season. It is a game that the Hoops really need to win to get back on track following no wins in the last two league fixtures.
An experienced player like Sinclair could make a difference on the day. It is at least a good sign that Sinclair is once more involved in the Celtic first-team. It must be hoped that he gets more game time as the Hoops look to get back on winning ways.