Alan Hutton has claimed his former Aston Villa teammate Scott Sinclair is a “great” player but is set to quit Celtic after being frozen out by Neil Lennon.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Scotland international gave some insight into how the winger will be feeling after his demotion down the Hoops pecking order.
Sinclair has had just 56 minutes of first-team action this season and has failed to even make the matchday 18 for the last five European ties as well as the most recent three Scottish Premiership matches.
Sinclair has 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.
“It’s a strange one,” Hutton told Football Insider. “Obviously I had time with him at Villa and he’s very much a player that needs an arm around the shoulder a little now and then.
“He’s a very talented boy, his first season there was brilliant but I do believe it was Brendan Rodgers that helped him a lot.
“He knew him very well and knew how to get the best out of him – that worked. It’s not quite worked for whatever reason, I don’t really know what’s going on behind the scenes but there is a great player there, I think you have to know how to work with him to get the best out of him.”
Asked if Sinclair is set to move at the next possible opportunity, Hutton replied: “Maybe. Now I just think as players, everyone wants to play.
“There’s no use just sitting there and being unhappy, it’s not helping anyone. I think possibly if he’s been told he’s not going to get as much game time as he would like, it’s probably better off if he moved on somewhere else to play.”
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