Scott Sinclair’s goal last night was only his second of the season, and he’s vowed to do all he can to win his jersey back.
Over September, Sinclair has looked out of the picture at Parkhead. The likes of Mikey Johnston, Lewis Morgan, Mohamed Elyounoussi, and Jonny Hayes have been playing over him. In a way, he was being treated as though he was fifth choice down the left.
Neil Lennon, however, decided to give him his first appearance since the 5-2 win at Motherwell as he came on for the final stages of the Partick Thistle victory. Sinky managed to net the Hoops’ fifth of the night, and came close to another as well.
Lenny backed his man on Celtic TV last night after the game. He dismissed any negative rumours regarding Sinclair as “total nonsense”. And, as he reacted to his goal earlier on this afternoon, Sinclair sent out this big message on Twitter:
“Oh I’ve missed this feeling” unbelievable reception from the fans, I will continue to keep fighting for this shirt💚 pic.twitter.com/lkWHtQJpkn
— Scott Sinclair (@Scotty_Sinclair) September 26, 2019
Doesn’t seem like a player down in the dumps
It’s incredible to see the raw emotion of Sinclair when that ball struck the net. He was absolutely delighted, like the image shows. It was a big moment in his Celtic career, and one we all hope will spark a turnaround in fortunes for the Englishman.
It was also a fine finish too. Sinclair has had stick in the past for missing sitters and chances he would’ve buried two years ago. His stylish strike from the rebound last night, however, was a nice flashback to the Sinclair of old.
But there’s also no denying the fight he has on his hands to keep his place. His goal was crucial, but the shirt is still Johnston’s to lose. He continues to sit out through injury, however, and that’s where things get interesting.
Lennon has yet to reveal if Johnston will be fit for Easter Road on Sunday. It’s a ground where Sinclair has scored twice at in the past. Given Elyounoussi struggled to take his chance yesterday and the fact that fans are running out of patience with Lewis Morgan, this could be a big chance for him.
But Sinclair has to prove that this wasn’t a one-off. He has to start showing the confidence he had when he first arrived in Glasgow.
We all know there is a player in there, but he wasn’t dropped for no reason. It’s down to him to rediscover that mojo. He showed real energy last night, and deserves to make the squad for Sunday. And when it comes to a potential revival, let’s watch this space.