Exclusive: Pundit urges Lennon to hand 'Desperate' Celtic player first start of 19/20

Alan Hutton has urged Celtic manager Neil Lennon to hand Scott Sinclair a rare start in place of the suspended Ryan Christie against Ross County this weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa star and Scotland international says that the 30-year-old forward has the ability and qualities to take the place of his 24-year-old teammate.

Christie has been a crucial member of the squad for Celtic, scoring six goals in eight Premiership appearances, but will be missing on Saturday after being shown a straight red card in the defeat to Livingston.

With Lennon finding himself forced to make at least one change to his side, Hutton has urged him to hand Sinclair his first start of the season, insisting he can fill Christie’s boots.

Asked who he would want to take the vacant place in attack, Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s going to be hard. I would like to see Scott Sinclair back in and playing, to be honest.

“I know he had a difficult start to the season but I do believe he’s got that creativity, that goal-scoring threat that he brings to the team. 

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“I know the boy well, he’s a good player, he’s a good guy and I think he’s just desperate to get another chance to get in and play.”

Sinclair has featured just six times across all competitions this season, every one of those outings coming off the substitutes’ bench, with two goals under his belt.

He has a total of 166 appearances for Celtic, scoring 62 times and chipping in with a further 34 assists and playing a crucial role in their first treble-winning season.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara says he thinks Neil Lennon wants to sign a 52-cap international who is keen on moving to Parkhead.