Jackie McNamara has hailed Celtic for keeping holding of Scott Sinclair after triggering an option to extend his contract this month.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Hoops legend believes the experienced winger’s ability to create and score goals is immensely valuable irrespective of who is named the new manager.

The former Manchester City player, who has scored 17 times for the Scottish champions this season, could have left as a free agent this summer.

Celtic instead chose to secure the summer-of-2016 signing from Aston Villa for the 2019-20 campaign, which will be his fourth at the club.

“It’s the right thing to do,” McNamara told Football Insider. “Whoever is manager, Sinclair still has value and he is still a decent player. His goal returns are very good and he wins matches.

“He has not been as strong as he was in his first Celtic season but his record is impressive.

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“I would go with him to start against Hearts [in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final]. He has a good record against Hearts and, you always find that when a player has a good record against a certain side, a manager tends to pick him.”

Sinclair has scored 17 goals from 54 appearances in all competitions for Celtic this season as well as supplied six assists.

The wide attacker, who turned 30 in March, has scored 60 times and provided 34 assists from 159 matches for the Hoops and has been an integral member of the side chasing an unprecedented treble treble.

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