Is Scott Sinclair finally back to his best after today?
Scott Sinclair’s Celtic career has been hampered by roller-coaster emotions, but is he finally back to his best?
The Englishman put in a terrific performance as Celtic strolled to a 3-0 success against Hearts today. The result puts the Hoops into an incredible fifth consecutive cup final under Brendan Rodgers.
The goals from Ryan Christie are likely to be the main talking points. After all, a howler and a screamer are likely to do that. But it was the performance of Sinclair that should be discussed after that win.
We’ve, of course, been here before to an extent. His goal against Aberdeen led to jubilant scenes at Parkhead from the winger and the supporters. That was the moment we were set to see Scotland’s 2016/17 Player of the Year back on top.
To sum it up, it never failed to materialise. Instead, his next outings against RB Salzburg and St Johnstone saw him offer nothing once more. If we’re all being honest with ourselves, however, Sinclair was never fantastic against Aberdeen. He may have scored the winner, but there was still something strongly missing from his display.
Back to his best?
Today, he was truly back to his best. Making his trademark jinking runs, Hearts’ Michael Smith didn’t know what to do against him. Sinclair may have only buried a penalty, but several terrific efforts saw him denied by Hearts’ Zdenek Zlamal, Jimmy Dunne, and Smith.
He was lively, and Celtic slowly started getting in the ascendancy after he started to make his threat known. Sinclair looked like he finally had his turn of pace back, as well as his strength and low centre of gravity.
The key at this stage is keeping it up on a consistent basis. Whilst there was something noticeably different about this display, Sinclair needs to carry it forward into the next few weeks. With injury problems still plaguing the Champions, they need every able body they can get.
Lewis Morgan, Ryan Christie, and Michael Johnston will all be breathing down Sinclair’s neck for a starting spot this season. Despite the fact Sinclair has yet to even cement his place in the side, he’ll always have competition in keeping it if he does.
For now, the questions will be asked about whether Sinclair can keep this form up. For Celtic fans, it would be a huge boost if he could.