Celtic manager Neil Lennon has discussed the absence of winger Scott Sinclair in recent matches, The Scottish Sun report.
The winger has been entirely missing from the Hoops’ last three match squads.
Not only is the impressive Mikey Johnston ahead of him in the pecking order, but so is Lewis Morgan.
Sinclair has been one of our most consistent goalscorers over the last three years, scoring 61 goals in total (Transfermarkt). No player has netted more at the club in that time.
Extending his contract for a year in May, as one of our higher earners, there’s certainly a bit of concern about his current status.
Lennon though insists he simply isn’t showing enough to be included on a regular basis.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the manager said: “It’s understandable if Sinclair feels put out. We don’t want to treat him badly because he’s a senior pro.
“It’s just that he’s finding it difficult right now to get into the squad. I can’t pick six wingers. It’s been tough for Scott. We have a lot of options on the wings.
“We look a threat. We have good pace in the team, something which Mikey brings to us.”
Is Sinclair being treated unfairly?
As Lennon notes, young Mikey Johnston is simply playing too well right now to be displaced by anyone at Celtic on the left wing.
The homegrown prospect has scored three and assisted three more already this season (Transfermarkt).
His performance against Swedish champions AIK on Thursday night was arguably his most accomplished to date too. He was tenacious and persistent with his wing play in the face of a tough physical challenge from the Celtic Park visitors.
Quite rightly, Sinclair is not getting a regular start.
However, the presence of Lewis Morgan on the bench and coming on as a sub ahead of Sinclair raises a few eyebrows. The 22-year-old has made nowhere near the kind of impact that Johnston has.
Quite why he is being selected ahead of Sinclair is slightly baffling. That’s especially true if the decision is being made purely from a footballing perspective, as Lennon claims.
Obviously the manager has a much better grasp on what Sinclair is showing day-to-day in training than us fans.
However, it would be really good to start seeing the Englishman included more as an impact and rotation option.
He may have regressed from his first season form, but he still has quality at domestic level that should be utilised, especially if we’re paying him well.