Celtic boss Neil Lennon may feel that his stance on Scott Sinclair has been vindicated by the Englishman’s recent form at Preston North End.

Former Hoops hero Sinclair departed Glasgow in January after three and a half years at the club.

His time at Celtic hardly ended in spectacular fashion. Sinclair made just one appearance in 20 matches at the tail end of his Hoops tenure, as Lennon continually came in for criticism for not playing him.

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Lennon didn't give Sinclair much game time

Lennon didn’t give Sinclair much game time (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

But Sinclair is now seemingly struggle to nail down a first-team place at Preston in news that may not shock some Hoops fans.

How is Sinclair doing at Preston?

Since scoring his one and only goal, against former side Swansea, Sinclair hasn’t played a full match for the Championship promotion hopefuls.

At the weekend he was hauled off after 57 minutes with Preston trailing to Hull City.

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Preston came back to win 2-1, and Sinclair was dropped for last night’s game against West Brom as a result.

Sinclair has one goal for Preston

Sinclair has one goal for Preston (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

That defeat against the table toppers was just Preston’s second in nine games since Sinclair signed.

But the fact he’s registered just one goal in that time perhaps suggests that he’s not quite hitting the heights that many expected him to.

Lennon may feel vindicated in Sinclair stance

The truth is that Sinclair has been off the boil for a fair period of time.

He was undeniably liked at Celtic, and contributed a lot. But his form over the past 18 months or so left a lot to be desired with his good games heavily outnumbered by his mediocre or poor ones.

Sinclair was liked at Celtic

Sinclair was liked at Celtic (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Sinclair could still have the last laugh and help Preston to the Premier League next season.

But it’s looking increasingly like he’ll be fighting just to get game time at Deepdale.

And if he can’t force his way into the Preston team, it’s easy to see why Lennon didn’t fancy him at Celtic.

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