Scott Sinclair is likely to head to England in January but his Celtic salary is the main hurdle to him securing a winter transfer.

That is the verdict of ex-Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the transfer prospects of the frozen-out winger.

The 30-year-old has not started a single match all season and failed to once again make the matchday squad for Saturday’s 4-0 win over Livingston despite the absence of first choice left-sided pair Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston.

As revealed by Football Insider, Derby County are plotting a fresh move for Sinclair in January after trying to sign him in the summer.

Whelan believes the winger will be hankering for a return south of the border but might need to take a salary cut to seal a transfer in January.

“It looks like Scott Sinclair is heading to England in January,” Whelan told Football Insider. “There’s a big problem for him at Celtic. Neil Lennon isn’t picking him and he’s now way down the pecking order.

“He is at the back end of his career but still has a lot to offer an English Championship club.

“I can’t see him joining a Premier League club as they won’t want to go down that route if he can’t get in the Celtic side.

“The big question is, can Championship clubs afford his wages?”

 

Sinclair is one of the highest earners at Parkhead, with his contract, which expires next summer, worth more than £30,000-a-week.

“£30,000-a-week is a stumbling block for most Championship clubs, especially for a player who’s turned 30.,” Whelan added to Football Insider.

“He might need to take a pay cut if he wants to leave in January, or Celtic might need to pay some of his wage if he goes out on loan.”

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