Neil Lennon’s team selection for Celtic’s 2-0 win over St Mirren on Wednesday night was certainly intriguing. The likes of Oliver Burke, Timothy Weah and Emilio Izaguirre all came into the side.
That wasn’t a shock, particularly after the game fell only three days after a frantic Glasgow derby.
However, some mainstays kept their place in the side following the Rangers game. Scott Brown, James Forrest and Callum McGregor started both games.
Significant that he didn’t start
Perhaps most significantly, a one time mainstay was left on the bench, and didn’t get on the pitch at all. That player – Scott Sinclair.
Sinclair has now been left out of the last two games, which is certainly interesting, when you consider that he was an almost ever-present under Brendan Rodgers.
At least he got on the pitch against Rangers, which wasn’t the case against St Mirren. When the Hoops needed the goal to kill off the game Lennon turned to Ryan Christie, who scored the goal which clinched the victory.
Down the pecking order
It looks like Sinclair is currently down the pecking order at Celtic. He is more than capable of getting back into the team, but at the moment that looks unlikely.
If he was left out against Rangers, chances are he could be left out of the side to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup next Sunday.
Should that be the case, the warning signs will be loud and clear for the player. He only has a year left on his contract. It could be that Sinclair’s time at the club could be coming to an end. Only time will tell.