Celtic are convinced Scott Sinclair is orchestrating a January exit plan with his carefully timed social media posts, Football Insider has learned.
The winger has not started a single match all season, with all of his six appearances coming as a substitute, as he has dropped dramatically down the pecking order.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club believe Sinclair is making it clear to potential January suitors that he is fit, available for selection and in prime condition.
The 30-year-old has posted a series of Instagram posts in recent months showing him working out and looking ripped as he looks to force his way into Neil Lennon’s side.
The latest came on Sunday as the Englishman showed he was hard at work in the gym during the international break.
Sinclair came close to leaving in the summer and is now eyeing January to provide a route back south of the border.
He is out of contract at the end of the season and he can be snapped up for a bargain fee in the winter window.
The 2016 signing from Aston Villa is likely to be of interest to plenty of English Championship clubs, although his £20,000-a-week salary could be a stumbling block to a deal.
Sinclair was a star of the triple treble, and his record of 62 goals and 34 assists from 166 matches for Celtic is impressive.
His track record has counted for little under Lennon this season, with the likes of Mohamed Elyounoussi, Mikey Johnston, Lewis Morgan and Jonny Hayes ahead of him in the left-winger pecking order.