Scott Sinclair’s display against Hibernian this afternoon certainly hasn’t impressed many if anyone of a Celtic persuasion.
The Hoops stuttered today to a 0-0 draw at Easter Road. For those who maybe missed the game, Sinclair only came on for the final 20 minutes of the contest. He wasn’t anywhere near the biggest problem on the pitch, but he didn’t do anything of note after coming on.
Too often this season, Sinclair has come on and provided nothing as a substitute. Neil Lennon seemed to lose trust in him given the fact he’s been out of the starting line-up recently. But in saying that, Lennon has still been featuring him regularly from the bench.
Some of the supporters, however, have seen enough of the winger. Reacting to Sinclair’s performance on social media, supporters had this to say on his outing:
Even though his goalscoring record over these past 3 seasons is good, I have to say that Scott Sinclair is possibly the most frustrating player I have ever watched in a Celtic jersey. His predictable approach to the defender is like a 50 year playing fives.
— JohnnyL1967 (@JohnnyL57) April 21, 2019
Scott Sinclair is a waste of a jersey
— Danny (@Daniel_6_G) April 21, 2019
Sinclair’s time is up at Celtic. I just didn’t want to see him come on today. Weah should have been on at half time for Izzy with Hayes going to LB. Resigning Izzy in the summer was the biggest joke of all. Him and Sinclair together on that left just looked pathetic.
— CharlieMoran (@Pope_Charlie_M) April 21, 2019
I know a lot of folk didn'y rate Burke up top fair enough, but he is a winger so why not take him on instead of Sinclair who has been poor the last 18 months. Lad has pace and is direct.
— angie campbell (@angie647) April 21, 2019
Sorry also Sinclair should never wear another Celtic jersey
— Jim (@JimTim6788) April 21, 2019
– Ntcham is dug meat
– Weah should be getting longer
– Sinclair needs the finger out of he’s done
– Jozo is becoming good
– Rogic isn’t far away
– That’s ruined a right good bevvy next Saturday
– Lennon can be a good Celtic gaffer with a good pre season and a few additions
— Conor McCann (@McCann1967) April 21, 2019
Hayes tries. Hayes works. Hayes plays for the jersey
Scott Sinclair hides. Scott Sinclair is an empty jersey
I find it hard to blame a guy for team selection when it’s someone else’s injury plagued squad he’s inherited
— GazK (@_GazK) April 21, 2019
Lennon has crucified us the day. At least 5 dreadful decisions from his starting left back, switching Hayes & Forrest during the game, taking Hayes off over Izzy, sticking Sinclair on & then Weah getting 5 minutes, utterly embarrassing decision making. Sinclair is an imposter
— Milzer (@Ryanmc67_) April 21, 2019
Sinclair instead of Weah ???🤷🏻♂️🤔 shocking mr. Lennon😳😪
— martin🍀 (@martin75geordie) April 21, 2019
Not playing his way to a new contract
So if the question was asked tomorrow regarding giving Sinclair a new contract, would you do it? I certainly wouldn’t!
The Englishman hasn’t made any sort of impact since Lennon came in the door. He may have scored 17 goals this season, but he has just one goal in his last 10 appearances. He hasn’t been performing consistently for some time.
The truth is, if we really want to stretch away next season, we have to do better than Sinclair down the left. He’s never been the same player since his first season under Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead. After his player-of-the-year success, he’s progressively gotten worse and worse.
Granted, he wasn’t the main problem today. Not taking our chances thanks to profligate finishing from Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest were two of the main reasons.
But bringing Sinclair on is becoming an absolute waste of time considering how little he gives the team when he does feature.
It’s easy to point to his goals and say “well have a bit of that”. But the truth is, he’s been far too ineffective for such an important area of our team. Celtic can and need to do better this summer.