By Wayne Veysey
Celtic winger Scott Sinclair is weighing up whether to open talks with the club on terminating his contract after failing to secure a summer move, Football Insider understands.
The 30-year-old was told by the Hoops he was free to find a new team during the recently-shut window following his freeze-out from the matchday squad under Neil Lennon.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Sinclair received offers from clubs in England and overseas but could not agree terms before Monday night’s cut-off.
A stumbling point is that Sinclair has been seeking a long-term contract at around his current £30,000-a-week salary.
Clubs were unwilling to pay that as well as a transfer fee for the attacker, despite his outstanding record of 61 goals and 34 assists from 164 Hoops matches as well as nine major trophies.
Sinclair could hold talks with Celtic about terminating his contract – due to run until next June – and agreeing a pay-off with the club, and then making himself available as a free agent.
He would then be free to secure an out-of-window move, most likely back south of the border or to the MLS in the United States.
Tellingly, Sinclair has had just 56 minutes of first-team action this season and has failed to even make the matchday 18 for the last four European ties as well as Sunday’s 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.
Celtic announced on Friday they had signed Mohamed Elyounoussi on a season-long loan from Southampton to further intensify the competition for the wide attacking places.
Lennon’s first-choice wide men this season have been James Forrest and Mikey Johnstone, while Sunday’s scorer Jonny Hayes, Ryan Christie, Lewis Morgan and Marian Shved are also ahead of Sinclair in the pecking order.