Scott Sinclair is privately “begging” for Neil Lennon to “manage him properly” to help reignite his Celtic career, Football Insider has been told.

The winger has been frozen out for most of this season but make a goalscoring return in the Scottish League Cup in midweek and was a late substitute in today’s 1-1 SPL draw against Hibernian.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Sinclair is a “sensitive” character who needs “an arm around the shoulder” from his manager to bring the best out of him.

The winger, 30, played the best football of his career under ex-Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers, during his first three seasons at Celtic and also at former club Swansea City.

He has been a fringe figure since Lennon took over as manager earlier this year and came close to leaving in the summer even though his contract was extended in May.

“Scott is a sensitive figure who needs to be loved by his manager,” the source told Football Insider. “He’s a player who wants an arm around his shoulder now and again, and told how good he can be.

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“Brendan Rodgers knew that and was brilliant at coaxing the best from him. Basically, he’s begging for Lennon to manage him properly, as he sees it.

“That’s just the way some players are. If he’s managed well and looked after, Scott can be an outstanding player.”

Sinclair has not started a match for Celtic all season, with all of his five appearances coming as a substitute.

Yet, he scored his 62nd goal for the club in midweek, from 165 matches, and has also supplied 34 assists.

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