Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic winger Scott Sinclair will be disappointed behind the scenes after Neil Lennon spoke about his place in the squad at Parkhead.
The former Celtic and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 30-year-old will be frustrated behind-the-scenes after finding his playing time extremely limited this season.
After appearing off the bench in the League Cup win over Partick Thistle, Lennon said that the wide man’s “body language was improving” on the training ground after being left out of the last four matchday squads in the Premiership.
McNamara says that it is normal for players to become frustrated when they are not featuring as much as they would like and that it is better to see them disappointed than indifferent about their lack of action.
McNamara told Football Insider: “He’ll be disappointed. He’s professional, it’s his job, it’s only natural. If he wasn’t disappointed that he wasn’t playing then we’d be more worried that they don’t want to play.
“It’s natural that he wants to play but only 11 guys can start the game and the three subs. They have got a big squad and the other guys have done well. It’s difficult to keep everybody happy.
Sinclair, who was a crucial player in the Bhoys’ first treble-winning campaign, has featured just five times under Lennon this season but not one of his appearances have come in the starting XI.
Only one of his outings has come in the Premiership, making an 11-minute cameo against Motherwell back in August.
He has played 164 times for the Hoops across all competitions since moving north of the border, scoring an impressive 61 goals and contributing a further 34 assists.