When Scott Sinclair had visions of ten-in-a-row in his mind not so long ago, he probably didn’t think he’d be looking to avoid the fate at all costs. Yet as Partick Thistle prepare to travel to Parkhead this Wednesday, the 30-year-old will be hoping to do just that.
Sinclair currently sits at nine-in-a-row. That’s nine matches in succession when he’s failed to make the Celtic matchday squad. Sinclair has missed out on every final 18 since the win over Motherwell in early August.
If the same situation was to befall him in the Betfred Cup quarter-final in midweek then he may as well pack his bags and go home.
Sinclair will still likely be snubbed against Thistle
Neil Lennon must surely be contemplating making wholesale changes for the visit of Ian McCall’s side. With Hibernian and Cluj soon to come, and previous outings still apparent on the legs, the Glasgow derby should be the ideal opportunity to freshen things up.
But sadly for Sinclair, Lennon will still probably choose to ignore his pleas. He could instead throw-in Mikey Johnston, Mohamed Elyounoussi or Lewis Morgan – none of who played at the weekend. Jonny Hayes, who did, is another option.
All four of those guys are ahead of Sinclair in the current Parkhead pecking order, and that must make for some pretty grim reading for the former Swansea man.
The rumours of a falling out between Lennon and Sinclair have been rife. Yet there has been no concrete report of such an event. Nor is there likely to be. Fans will instead be forced to imagine what has happened between the pair, but one thing is for sure – something has happened.
While Celtic continue to win games, the situation will be no more than a side story. If and when we fail to do so, it could be used as a stick to beat Lennon with.
But sadly for Sinclair that isn’t likely to change his Celtic future in the slightest. Right now it looks dead and buried.