Former Celtic winger Scott Sinclair spoke to the BBC’s Football Focus programme on Saturday regarding his exit from the club in the January window to join Preston North End.
The main takeaway was that Sinclair revealed that he had been training with the Celtic reserves.
“Scoring 60 goals in three seasons and before you know it you’re sometimes training with the reserves, with whichever reason that was. So that was hard to take, but I had to dig in and stay professional, which I did. But it was a very tough time for me in the last stages” Sinclair said, as quoted by the Match of the Day Twitter account.
"I scored 60 goals in three seasons – then I was training with the reserves."
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 8, 2020
Sinclair’s comments are certainly very honest, and it was interesting to hear that he had been training with the Celtic reserves.
The former treble winner’s comments created reaction amongst some Celtic supporters on social media.
“Top man, top player”
One fan said he was ‘gutted’ with how Sinclair’s time at the club ended. Another described the player as a ‘top man’.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to Sinclair’s comments:
Forever invincible 🍀🍀
— Johnbhoy (@JohnHislop12) February 8, 2020
Top man top player we will always remember @Scotty_Sinclair 🍀☘️💚
— Danny Knox (@Knoxyd_85) February 8, 2020
@Scotty_Sinclair could have given us stick, that we deserved. I know he wasn’t playing at the same level as his first season, but we didn’t treat him right at the end. The guy is a class act both on and off the park. He will always be welcome at Paradise!
— Roger Mc Monagle (@RogerMcMonagle) February 8, 2020
Its a shame it ended as it did for Scotty but its testimony to the man that he maintained professionalism and dignity right up to the end. He will always be remembered as a success in the hoops and I for one am very glad he played for our great club. Best of luck Scotty
— Appreciate appreciate (@AllDoTheHuddle) February 8, 2020
Was gutted how it ended for Sinclair as he was great in a historic part of Celtics history.. he left a Celtic Great and will be welcome back for years to come.
— George (@runfatbhoyrun) February 8, 2020
All the best Scott 🍀
— Paul (@wyndbhoy) February 8, 2020
All the best for the future your forever in our hearts hail Hail
— Joseph (@MrJoeMcCabe) February 8, 2020
Love this bhoy, all the best scotty 💚
— Danny 🍀 (@Dannybhoy83) February 8, 2020
Sinclair featured regularly for the Hoops in his first few seasons with the club, but lost his place in the side this season, where he was limited to only seven appearances.
Easy to see why player is fondly remembered
Despite that, it is easy to see why the player is remembered so fondly in the comments on social media.
Sinclair was a key part of the Celtic side which won the invincible treble in 2016-17, and was named as Scotland’s player of the year that season.
As part of the squad that helped the Hoops win the ‘treble treble’, he will always be remembered as a Celtic hero, and of the better players who wore the green and white jerseys in the 2010s.