Some Celtic fans have their say on Alex Neil's bizarre Scott Sinclair comments

By John McGinley

January 10, 2020

The most major develop of Celtic’s transfer window so far has been the exit of ‘treble treble’ stand-out Scott Sinclair to Preston North End.

Finding his opportunities at Celtic Park limited under Neil Lennon, the winger has made the switch to the English Championship in an effort to spark his career back into life.

Sinclair was a sensation at Celtic, especially in his first season, scoring dozens of goals, winning individual awards and most importantly helping secure a massive nine trophies in three seasons.

You would think that his new manager, Alex Neil, would want to celebrate those achievements and talk up his new signing.

However, when the question of that trophy haul ‘not being bad’ was put to him by a BBC journalist, the 38-year-old chose to downplay his form at the Hoops, with a bizarre claim that Rangers weren’t around to compete.

As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: “Yeah, obviously he was at Celtic and they were by far the dominant at that stage because obviously Rangers weren’t in the league as well. Albeit, not trying to belittle any of his achievements by any means.”

His comments are strange of course because the Ibrox side were in the Scottish Premiership in every single season of Sinclair’s time in Scotland.

In fact, Sinclair scored four times for Celtic in the derby during his time at the club, also assisting twice (Transfermarkt).

Former Celtic star Scott Sinclair scores against Rangers / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Neil may have left Scotland to pursue a career in England in 2015, but you’d expect him to have a better knowledge of Scottish football than this.

It’s fair to say his interview hasn’t been particularly well received by Celtic fans, with this lot taking to Twitter over the last 24 hours to share their thoughts…