Former Celtic manager Davie Hay believes that Brendan Rodgers should give the under-performing Scott Sinclair a rest as he struggles to recapture the form he displayed last season.
The 28-year-old Englishman has scored 15 goals so far this season but has found it difficult to match his overall performances from last year.
Hay thinks that the returning Patrick Roberts should be paired on the wings with the in-form James Forrest, to give Parkhead star Sinclair a chance to rest and recuperate after playing a lot of matches.
“I just wonder if the fact that Scott Sinclair has not quite hit the heights of last season might encourage Rodgers to play James Forrest on one side and Roberts on another” Hay said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Sinclair has not played badly this season but he has never been able to replicate the form of his first season.
“He is another who will look to kick it up a gear when the games start again next week but a longer rest might be no bad thing for him.”
Roberts has returned to first-team training with the Hoops in Dubai after being out with a hamstring injury since November.
He was a huge player for the Hoops towards the end of last season as Celtic secured a first domestic treble since 2001 but this season the player has struggled with injuries and has only scored one goal so far.
Sinclair has scored 15 goals this season but has faced criticism from a section of the support for his performances in comparison to last season, most recently after missing some good chances in the goal less draw against Rangers.
It will be intriguing to see who Brendan Rodgers picks on the wing for the Hoops when they return to action against Brechin in the Scottish Cup next Saturday.
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