Season report: Celtic number eleven Scott Sinclair
It’s difficult to sum up Scott Sinclair’s season at Celtic in one word. The Englishmen still scored goals for the club – 17 in total. He still featured in the vast majority of our games and played to a decent enough level. Yet there was a feeling that it could all have gone a little better.
The number 11 has never reached the heights of his first season at the club. During the Invincibles campaign he netted 25 goals and assisted many more. He scored hat-tricks and derby goals and won the majority of the Player of the Year awards.
This season he had to deal with a huge part of his Celtic experience departing. The former Swansea man wouldn’t have been at Celtic were it not for Brendan Rodgers. The pair developed a great relationship in Wales and that’s what convinced him to try and revive his career north of the border.
Rodgers’ departure seems to have hurt Sinclair more than most. The winger’s most recent Celtic strike arrived in a victory over Motherwell in February. Coincidentally, that was Rodgers’ last game.
Despite that three month drought he still finished as the club’s joint second top scorer. For all of the hype surrounding James Forrest’s displays, Sinclair managed just as many goals.
Sinclair’s performances under Neil Lennon do paint a bleak future at the club though. The Englishman doesn’t seem to be massively fancied by the Celtic boss and that looks ominous for the coming season. He did sign a contract extension in May but that looks more like Celtic trying to guarantee a fee when he moves on.
With competition from the likes of Daniel Arzani and Lewis Morgan along with Mikey Johnston and Jonny Hayes, Sinclair may once again struggle for game time. Don’t be surprised to see the Englishman move back down south if a decent offer is put in for him.