Scott Sinclair’s future could be decided soon as Celtic boss Neil Lennon confirmed he’ll hold talks with the winger.
Sinclair showed signs of frustration in an exclusive interview with the Scottish Mail on Sunday (15/12, back page, pages 118&119). Speaking about his future, Sinky said the following:
“I just want to play, everyone who knows me aware of that. I haven’t really spoken to the manager about leaving. If it was my choice, I would love to stay and fight for a position. But this has been tough. I want to play football. I want to enjoy my football again.”
Lennon, however, stated after the 2-0 win over Hibernian that he wasn’t aware of the quotes. Speaking in the Daily Record, the manager confirmed talks will be held with Sinclair:
“I’m not aware of those quotes at all. We will have a chat with Sinky going forwards. It’s been a difficult period for him because of the quality in front of him at the minute.”
No signs of Sinclair’s situation improving
It’s difficult to know what kind of positives could come from a discussion with Sinky.
The problem for the Englishman is that he has two players better than him in his current position. You simply can’t drop Mohamed Elyounoussi or Mikey Johnston. The fact Sinclair has only played seven times this season shows you that Lenny feels the same (Transfermarkt).
It shows the kind of player Sinclair is that he wants to stay and fight for his place. However, he hasn’t impressed in any of his outings this season, and it really is that simple.
His contract is also likely to play a part here. His deal is up in the summer of 2020, meaning that he’ll be free to talk to clubs in the second half of the season (BBC). If Lennon really does see no future at Parkhead for the Englishman, it could be best to try and find him a move next month.
Sinclair’s appearance against Cluj on Thursday was his first appearance since September’s 1-1 draw at Easter Road. Added to that, he’s also only been given 17 minutes of Premiership action (Transfermarkt). You can’t dress these stats up, Sinky just simply isn’t favoured anymore.
In any case, it will be interesting to see what the result of these talks between the manager and the treble-treble top-scorer will be.