Exclusive: Lennon to hold clear-the-air talks with Celtic big name
By Wayne Veysey
Neil Lennon is set to hold clear-the-air talks with Scott Sinclair as he looks to re-integrate him back into the Celtic squad, Football Insider understands.
The winger, 30, has been frozen out of the Hoops team this season despite having an outstanding record at the club, who triggered a one-year extension to his contract just when his previous deal was set to expire at the end of the last campaign.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Lennon is ready to hold out the olive branch to Sinclair during talks ahead of the return of the domestic programme this weekend.
Sinclair posted a social media video last weekend of himself working hard in the Lennoxtown gym in a bid to revive his Hoops career.
The clip yielded tens of thousands of views as well as hundreds of replies from supporters shocked at the treble treble winners’ fall from grace in recent times.
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Sinclair has had just 56 minutes of first-team action this season and has failed to even make the matchday 18 for the last four European ties as well as the 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox before the international break.
The former Aston Villa and Manchester City attacker appeared certain to leave Parkhead before the Scottish window shut on Monday of last week, but he stayed put.
One hurdle for Sinclair to secure a new club is he is one of Celtic’s highest earners on around £30,000-a-week and he would want a similar deal at a new team.
Derby County and Sunderland were among the clubs who looked at signing him during the summer, but could not agree a deal.