COMMENT By James Black
There’s no doubting that Scott Sinclair is one of the best players in the Scottish Premiership.
The 28-year-old Celtic winger has shown time and again that he is head and shoulders above most players in Scottish football, proving that he has the ability to destroy domestic sides since joining the Hoops from Aston Villa in 2016.
However, over the last two months, the Englishman has struggled to reach the levels he showed he can consistently hit last season and needs to really pull the finger out to help improve performances.
Against Ross County on Saturday, Sinclair was barely involved for the Scottish champions as they were forced to go through the packed middle of the pitch to try and break County down.
While 11 goals in 24 appearances is a good return this season, there are few who have watched Sinclair over the last 16 months that would argue his recent form is even close to this time 12 months ago.
With Celtic finding teams harder to break down as they park the bus and try and snuff out Brendan Rodgers’ side’s attacking threat, the Scottish champions need everyone firing on all cylinders to keep their historic 64-game unbeaten domestic run going.
A trip to Paris is next up for Sinclair and Celtic as they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League before facing Motherwell next weekend in the Scottish League Cup final.
A point in Paris could secure Celtic’s qualification for the Europa League – depending on the score from Bayern v Anderlecht – and it’s exactly the sort of game Rodgers will be desperate for Sinclair to return to form.
In other Celtic news, Mikael Lustig has apologised for being caught on camera swearing