'He can't do any more' - Rodgers makes claim about under-fire Celtic player form
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that Scott Sinclair cannot improve on his current levels of performance after facing criticism from fans and pundits.
The reigning Scottish player of the year scored 15 goals and has 13 assists before the winter break as the Hoops moved clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and qualified for the Champions League group stages.
The Englishman scored in Anderlecht as the Bhoys won 3-0 in a victory which helped them secure Europa League last 32 football.
But despite this some supporters have been critical of Sinclair’s performances this season, most recently in the goal less Old Firm derby were he was guilty of missing two great chances and was substituted in the second-half of the game.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Rodgers doesn’t understand why the player has been criticised, particularly when you consider the number of goals and assists the 28-year-old has in the first-half of the season.
“His job is to press the game defensively, to work hard up and down the line, and to create goals and score goals,” he said.
“Sometimes he won’t be at his best but what I know is he always gives his best.
“There are times when he’ll come off in a game because I’m having to change it and look at something else.
“But in terms of what he’s asked to do for the team — create and score goals — he can’t do any more.”
Sinclair scored 25 goals last season so the player is well on-target to score more than that this season.
The Hoops are currently training in Dubai as they come to the end of their winter break.
They return to domestic action on Saturday against Brechin City as they begin the defence of the Scottish Cup and try to secure back-to-back domestic trebles.
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