It is hard to fathom what has happened to Scott Sinclair at Celtic this season. He has gone from being one of the first-names on the team-sheet, to a player that is most weeks left on the bench.
His form seems to have disappeared completely. The latest example of that – the 2-1 win over Hearts. He was handed the captain’s armband, but failed to make an impact on the that.
Not be in strongest side
If the Hoops were picking their strongest team for Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Hearts, Sinclair would not be in the starting line-up.
That is bizarre when you consider that he has scored 17 goals this season. However, that masks what has been a poor season overall for the winger.
He has fallen down the pecking order in recent weeks, and is not guaranteed a start in the cup final.
Likely to be on the bench
You would imagine that Sinclair will still be in the squad for the Hampden showdown. He is likely to be on the bench, and could have an impact as a substitute.
That is a statement few would have expected to read at the start of the season, but Sinclair doesn’t deserve a start at this moment in time.
The player’s future is also in question. Neil Lennon recently revealed that the club have extended his contract by one year.
However, that could be in order to get decent money from any potential transfer. It is a pity that Sinclair seems to have fallen from grace so badly. Overall he has been an excellent player for the Hoops, but the game moves on.