Neil Lennon’s decision to throw on Scott Sinclair late in Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Hibernian at the weekend may have gone a bit under the radar – but it has big implications.
The Englishman may only have been on the pitch for around ten minutes but the fact that Lennon wanted him on to salvage a win shows that he does still have a future at the club.
Many had written Sinclair’s Celtic hopes off over the past two months in a period that saw him miss nine consecutive match squads. But his return, and goal, against Partick Thistle last midweek seems to have relit the fire in his belly.
Sinclair could be an ideal fresh pair of legs for Celtic
Sinclair hasn’t played a European match since the away leg against Nomme Kalju in July. He failed to make the matchday squad for both Cluj and AIK ties and was also not chosen against Rennes a fortnight ago. But the fact is that he is still in the squad and eligible for Cluj, and that can’t be a coincidence.
The ‘Invincible’ hero is unlikely to start against the Romanian champions but you feel much more confident that he could still have some role to play. The Englishman relishes a European night at Celtic Park and his fresh legs could be the key in the latter stages of the match.
Even if he doesn’t feature against Dan Petrescu’s side – the future is still bright for Scott Sinclair. And that future is at Celtic.