Jackie McNamara suggests that Celtic winger Scott Sinclair could come out from the cold for the club’s busy winter fixture list after a lack of game time under Neil Lennon.

The former Celtic and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 30-year-old has a battle on his hands to break back into the side but says he does not think he has played his last game in the green and white hoops.

Sinclair has just six games under his belt for Lennon this season, his last outing a six-minute substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw with Hibernian.

Despite struggling to even make it into the Bhoys’ matchday squad, being left as an unused substitute in two of the last six league games and three out of four of their Europa League fixtures, McNamara thinks there is game time round the corner for Sinclair.

Asked if fans had seen the last of Sinclair at Parkhead, McNamara told Football Insider: “I don’t think so. There are games coming up. 

“One of the last games they used him in was against Partick Thistle in the League Cup, when he came on and scored. So I think he’s a player who’s done well for Celtic through the years, especially in the first year with Brendan (Rodgers).

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“Obviously it’s tough to get in with the form of other ones, it’s part and parcel of being at a big club, at a successful club. Opportunities and chances, you have to take them, but I think he’s been a good servant to Celtic.”


Sinclair has a total of 166 appearances under his belt for the Bhoys to date, netting 62 goals and chipping in with a further 34 assists.

His first season at Parkhead was his most prolific, scoring 25 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions on the way to a domestic treble.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider can reveal that Kolo Toure is urging Brendan Rodgers to sign a dazzling Hoops youngster for Leicester.