Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes that Scott Sinclair can overcome what has been a poor season by his own high standards and fire the Hoops to Scottish Cup Final glory against Motherwell on Saturday.

Despite being the Hoops’ top scorer with 19 goals this season, the 29-year-old has failed to live up to the expectations he set when being named as Scotland’s player of the year last season, but Hartson claims that he has the potential to be the match-winner for the Hoops at Hampden Park.

“Celtic have some match-winners Motherwell don’t have,” Hartson said, writing in his column for the Evening Times.

“Look at the likes of Tom Rogic and Moussa Dembele, these guys are big-game players who time and again have shone for Celtic on the big stage.

“You also have guys such as Scott Sinclair. I know he’s not had his best season but there always was going to be a bit of a dip on the back of his stunning debut in Scotland.”

Celtic star Sinclair started the season on fire for the club, but since then he has lost his place in the first-team after a series of indifferent performances.

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Sinclair may well have the ability to win the game for the Hoops, but if he is going to do that it looks like it will be from off the bench, as he looks highly unlikely to start the game for the Bhoys. Callum McGregor and James Forrest look certain to be given the nod to start the game on the wings by Brendan Rodgers, and Sinclair will have to be content with a place on the sidelines. That doesn’t mean that the player can’t have an influence on the game, as he has a very good record against the Steelmen and could well come off the bench and make a difference, by running at the weary Motherwell defence. It will be interesting to see what the summer holds for Sinclair, as after such an indifferent season the Hoops may well be tempted to cash in on a player who at one stage was a first-name on the teamsheet, but for the moment those days are gone.

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