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).
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…
Alex Neil deary deary me!!! Dry your eyes at least do a bit a research on your player before you go in to an interview 🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭
— Joe Doyle (@Thesparkking) January 10, 2020
I’m sure Scott will be looking forward to working with a guy who knows so little about his career.
Alex Neil, as thick as Alex Rae https://t.co/LBZnFCWC1W
— stephen r (@cardiffbhoy) January 9, 2020
You obviously did plenty of research Alex 🤦🏻♂️
— Gordon M (@gordonm64) January 9, 2020
Not impressed alex neil.
— darren connor (@conzo73) January 9, 2020
— James Casey (@jcasey1986) January 9, 2020
A Scottish manager too. Clueless.
— RyanKeeney (@theryankeeney) January 9, 2020
Thought this guy was quite intelligent when it came to knowing football especially the Scottish game then absolutely embarrasses himself in this interview
— BOXER T🍀🇮🇪 (@boxertoye) January 10, 2020
Man’s a clown.
— Jeff Kay 🤨 (@PlatinumMouse) January 9, 2020