25-year-old needs to return: Three things we learned about Celtic in win v Hearts
By Danny Wright
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Celtic’s 5-0 win against Hearts at Tynecastle to secure the Scottish Premiership title.
28-year-old deserves international call-up
The English national team needs a radical change to stop them being the laughing stock of international football. Scott Sinclair has shown in his performances this season that he is more than capable of returning to the England national team as he overtook Moussa Dembele’s league goalscoring record this campaign with a stunning hat-trick. The ex-Chelsea and Aston Villa winger has been on fire all season but many people will point out that it is against far inferior opposition in Scotland than what he used to play against in the Premier League. However, most of England’s World Cup qualifiers are against teams with similar quality to that of the Scottish Premiership, including Scotland themselves.
Nir Bitton needs to return
Bitton has to come back into Brendan Rodgers’ plans if he wishes to win the treble this season. The 25-year-old’s commanding physical presence has been missed for the last two games as opponents have found it way too easy to transition between midfield and attack. Bitton offers the break-up play and aerial prowess that no one else can live up to. His passing might not be the best but when you’re surrounded by players like Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to move the ball on in a simple fashion. This would mean that Callum McGregor would have to drop out of the side so Armstrong can take on his preferred advanced role.
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Ten-in-a-row is possible
Celtic secured their sixth consecutive Scottish league title with the win at Tynecastle after reaching an unassailable 25 point lead over Aberdeen. The Bhoys can certainly achieve a decade of domination with the gap between themselves and the rest of the competition being so big. Rangers are the only club with the resources to be able to come anywhere close to Celtic, but they are still undergoing a massive rebuilding process at Ibrox which could take years to be completed. Rodgers could become a Celtic legend if he stays at the club to help them do it and now they’re over half way there, there’s little doubt that they will complete it.
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