Neil Warnock: This is what has transformed Celtic 27-year-old
By Danny Wright
Neil Warnock has said that Scott Sinclair has got over an issue with confidence he had earlier in his career.
The Cardiff boss signed the 27-year-old on a loan deal when he was in charge of Crystal Palace in 2008 and suggested that the winger simply needed a manager that would offer him personal support.
Sinclair struggled in spells at Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa before he moved to Scotland in the summer during Brendan Rodgers’ upheaval of the squad.
Now, Celtic are well on track to securing their sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title with Sinclair playing a starring role in their unbeaten domestic campaign.
“Scott has always had the ability but when I took him in at Crystal Palace he was so low on confidence,” said Warnock, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“I told him just to go and enjoy himself, to run at people, take them on and have shots.
“That’s why he really loved his time at Selhurst Park. That loan spell really set him off on his career – he did well after he left me.”
Warnock’s words must still ring loud in Sinclair’s ears as he still runs at defenders, takes them on and have shots.
In fact, his 18 goals in all competitions this season for Celtic proves how lethal that style of play has proved in Scotland.
Sinclair has been involved in a staggering 28 goals for the Hoops throughout the current campaign and he is in the running to win the player of the season award.
His spell at Aston Villa, prior to his switch to Glasgow, was hugely frustrating for the winger as he managed just nine goals and no assists in 45 appearances for the club and had to endure the club’s first ever relegation from the Premier League.
In other Celtic news, Erik Sviatchenko explains why there is such a mammoth gap between the Hoops and Rangers.