Scott Sinclair has told Celtic’s title rivals they are more than capable of answering to the challenge.

Celtic returned to the top of the table on Sunday after a 0-0 draw at Livingston.

Although tied on points with early pace setters Hearts, Celtic have a better goal difference. They also possess a game in hand over the Gorgie club.

Sitting in third, two points behind are Rangers. However Sinclair isn’t backing down from their apparent challenge.

Sinclair said: “Everyone knows the quality in our team. We’re back to back treble winners.”

Sinclair has played his part in Celtic’s resurgence. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The winger, who recently won his place back in the team, believes Celtic are playing with a freedom.

This freedom, in Sinclair’s opinion, spells disaster for the rest of the league.

“The pressure is riding on us but when we go out and play our normal game, people can see our quality.”

Sinclair had been playing a bit-part role at the start of the season, as Celtic struggled to gain any domestic momentum.

With injuries piling up, he has really kicked on recently, taking more responsibility in his play.

He popped up with important goals against Aberdeen and Hearts, as well as playing a key role in Celtic’s winning strike against Leipzig.

Sinclair impressed against Leipzig. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP/ GETTY IMAGES)

Regrouping during the break

The international break has come at a great time for Celtic. They can regroup over the period and look forward to a busy festive schedule, culminating in the late December clash at Ibrox.

Sinclair knows all about going to Ibrox in December and being the match-winner. His winning goal two years ago announced himself as a cult hero among the fans.

Of his 46 Celtic goals, fewer will have had more importance to the team.

Sinclair celebrates another Celtic goal. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

There’s a lot of football to be played before thoughts can turn to that game however.

Celtic travel to Hamilton before going to Rosenborg in what is a vitally important game in the Europa League.

If Sinclair’s skills can match his words, then by Christmas Celtic should be in the last 32 of the Europa League.

They should also be heading into the crunch tie at Ibrox still in their blistering domestic form.

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