COMMENT By James Black
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers decided to axe Scott Sinclair from his starting XI to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday – and the Hoops winger must take it as huge warning over his Parkhead future.
Bhoys star Sinclair was a stand-out in Rodgers’ side last season as they brushed everyone in Scotland aside on their way to a record-breaking unbeaten domestic treble.
This season though, Sinclair has struggled to replicate the form he showed in his debut year in Scotland and saw himself axed for the clash with the French giants.
Rodgers is hardly going to bomb one his his star men out after some poor performances but as one of the older players in the side, the Northern Irish manager has younger alternatives available who will want to make the starting place their own.
Callum McGregor took Sinclair’s place on the left of Celtic’s front-three against Unai Emery’s side in the Parc des Princes and put in a decent shift in an unfamiliar role.
Sinclair will almost certaintly feature against Motherwell on Sunday at Hampden but the fact that Rodgers was willing to leave him out of such a big game suggests that one of Celtic’s ‘Invincibles’ are no longer quite as invincible in the managers’ eyes as he once was.
In other Celtic news, Lustig has made a shock claim about how Rangers are helping the Bhoys.