Saturday wasn’t a great day for any of us, but it certainly wasn’t for Scott Sinclair either.
The Celtic winger put in a dire display in the first 45 against Aberdeen. Despite receiving plenty of the ball, Sinclair couldn’t make the most of the promising positions he got into.
It ended with him being hooked at half-time for Mikey Johnston. Johnston didn’t have much of an effect on the game either, outside of getting past Dominic Ball late on and fizzing a cross across the face of goal.
But it was a bit of a surprise seeing Sinclair hooked so early. Not because he didn’t deserve it, but because it was never something that Brendan Rodgers was keen to entertain.
During his time as Celtic manager, Rodgers never once brought Sinclair off at the break. He was Rodgers’ marquee signing when he came in the door, and a lot of trust was put on Sinclair’s shoulders.
Lennon seems to like what Sinclair has to offer, and that’s been shown in the fact that Lennon’s started the Englishman in all three of his matches so far.
No preferential treatment for Sinclair
But the preferential treatment that Sinclair had under Rodgers looks to be gone under the new man. No longer is Sinky going to get away with the level of displays he’s put in far too often.
At the moment, he has Jonny Hayes and Johnston breathing down his neck. Both are deserving of future opportunities if Sinclair can’t turn it on.
His place in the side doesn’t look as comfortable as it once did. Despite scoring 17 goals this season, many attacks are still being broken down with Sinclair.
His half-time departure from the Dons clash was revealing. It’s told us that Lennon won’t accept the level of performance from Sinclair that Rodgers did.
That’s not a go at the £4.5million man, but it’s a timely warning for him at a key stage of his career.
He may very well likely start at Dundee on Sunday, but Lennon isn’t likely to be patient. If he does, he needs to perform, as Lennon has shown he’ll happily haul him off if form dips.