McDonald defends Celtic's decision to give Sinclair a new contract

By Hamish Carton

May 4, 2019

Former Celtic forward Scott McDonald reckons the club gave Scott Sinclair a new contract to “protect themselves.”

Neil Lennon recently confirmed that Celtic had triggered a one year extension clause in the Englishman’s contract. Sinclair was due to be out of contract at the end of the month, and Aussie McDonald reckons the Hoops did the right thing.

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He told the BBC: “I think it would have been a travesty if they let him go for nothing.”

“There’s probably a good possibility Scott moves on, but Celtic just want money for him. It’s understandable; they’re just protecting themselves and their asset.”

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A sensible move

There is still a real chance that Sinclair could depart the club in the summer. With uncertainty over the next manager, no player’s future is secure. Sinclair looks like one of the most likely to return south.

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The former Swansea man probably wouldn’t have signed for Celtic were it not for Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman had worked with Sinclair in the past and knew what it took to get the best out of him.

He’s been in and out of the first team since Rodgers left and is yet to score under Neil Lennon.

If the Hoops can move the 30 year-old for a decent fee then it should be high on their priority list to do so. With Middlesbrough reportedly sniffing around, Sinclair could be returning to his home country sooner than you may think.