Scott Sinclair yet again confirmed he’s staying at Celtic after they seen off Hearts at Hampden yesterday.
The treble treble was finally secured, and it brings the curtain down on a dramatic but ultimately fine season. Only now can we truly look back and take stock of how big an achievement the treble is this year.
Sinclair has been a part of that with 17 goals, but his performances haven’t been great overall. He’s even found himself out of the team over the last few weeks too. Big games at Ibrox and Hampden have seen Sinky benched, despite having signed a one-year extension to his contract.
Sometimes after cup finals or the last game of a team’s schedule, players and coaches can open up more on their future with nothing else to play for. But once again, Sinclair wasn’t for teasing any potential move away. Speaking to the BBC (17:24), Sinclair confirmed his desire to stay yet again.
“I’ve got another year left, I’m happy here, I love being here, living in Scotland and playing in front of these fans is unbelievable.
“We’ve had so much pressure going into this game to get the job done and words can’t describe how this feels, to get a treble treble.
“Neil Lennon is Celtic through and through, you see his passion on the sideline, he’s taken over, done a great job. We’ve done what we had to do: the treble treble.”
An upgrade simply must be a priority for Neil Lennon
Sinclair staying is all well and good, but so long as he isn’t first choice down the left. Celtic have been crying out for more consistency down that flank than Sinclair can provide.
Mikey Johnston has shown massive flashes of promise this season, but it’s still too soon for him to be number one. It wouldn’t be insulting to Sinclair if he was to be pushed behind Johnston in the pecking order either. He simply hasn’t been good enough this season despite his goal tally.
At the end of the day, there are several aspects to the Englishman’s game that have been woeful all season. His ball control has really dipped over the last couple of years, whilst his end product has been lacking all season. He can’t link-up as well as he used to either, and also seems to be slower when on the ball.
This isn’t a piece out to bash Sinclair, however. This is simply an urge for the imminent new manager Neil Lennon to find an upgrade this summer and make this squad the best it can be. Left-wing has been a problem position this term, and solving that would be a nice feather in Lennon’s cap.
If we go with Sinclair next season, there have to be massive improvements. But the safe bet is to bring in someone with more potential, quality, and consistency.