By Richard Parks
Scott Sinclair has insisted that he is looking forward to the challenge of Celtic’s mouthwatering trip to Rangers on Sunday.
The two Glasgow giants will go head to head at Ibrox in the biggest domestic match of the season so far and the most important Old Firm for six years.
Sinclair has explained that he has no issues dealing with the ferocious atmosphere at the home of Celtic’s bitter rivals as he delivered some illuminating insight into what to expect from the short journey to Govan.
“You have to be able to thrive in all atmospheres, especially the ones where fans are trying to intimidate you,” Sinclair told the Scottish Sun.
“That’s the whole point of playing football. You’re not always going to be playing in front of fans who are all behind you.
“It’s such a big game. And for players, when we play in these games, we give it our all and enjoy the occasion.
“The opposition fans are going to give you stick and try and put you off your game. But in these kinds of games I stay focused and go out there and do what I do.
“You have over 40,000 people against you and it’s one of those things you need to enjoy dealing with.
“It’s great for players to be involved in those games and come away with the three points.”
Football Insider verdict:
Sinclair might have no issues with the Ibrox bearpit, but will he even be in the starting XI this time? The former Manchester City and Aston Villa winger has had a mixed second campaign at Celtic after his brilliant debut season. The stats are not too shabby – 17 goals and 15 assists from 44 matches – but they do not tell the whole story of a player who has scored one league goal since mid December and was not trusted to start either of the recent Europa League clashes against Zenit St Petersburg. Sinclair has been a big game player under Brendan Rodgers, but he might have to settle for being a substitute on this occasion, and the Rangers fans will enjoy his second-tier status, if that is the case.
In other Rangers news, the club are firmly in the running to sign a goal machine from north-west English high flyers.