Celtic

By James Black

Celtic ace Scott Sinclair hopes performing well for his club in the Champions League can earn him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad with next year’s World Cup in Russia on the horizon.

The 28-year-old has never had a call-up for the senior squad despite representing his country at every level between Under-17 and Under-21 and competing in the 2012 Olympics for TeamGB.

“All I can do is keep playing well and the Champions League is the stage,” Sinclair told the Scottish Sun, as quoted on their website, when asked if he wondered what else he had to do to earn international honours.

“It is just a case of waiting to see what happens.

“All I can do is concentrate on what I’m doing and playing as well as I can for Celtic.”

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Sinclair has revived his career by scoring 33 times in 60 appearances for Celtic since his £4million transfer from Aston Villa last summer.

Despite his sparkling Parkhead form, Sinclair has consistently been ignored by Southgate during the current World Cup qualifying campaign – which sees England sitting top of their group.

Celtic kick off their Champions League campaign against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night and Sinclair, who has scored eight times in ten games this season, will be hoping Southgate will be watching as the Hoops try and shackle PSG’s £400million front-line of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

The Hoops also face Bayern Munich and Belgian side Anderlecht in the Champions League as they look to improve on last year where they finished last in a group consisting of Manchester City, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Barcelona.

Sinclair was in scintillating form for Celtic as they breezed past Hamilton 4-1 on Friday night with the winger grabbing a double to send his side top of the Scottish Premiership.

In other Celtic transfer news, Chris Sutton has destroyed a defender for rejecting a move to Parkhead in the summer.

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