Date: 23rd September 2019 at 11:55am
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EXCLUSIVE

Scott Sinclair’s freeze-out from the Celtic squad can only be explained by a fall-out with Neil Lennon, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aberdeen, Dunfermline Athletic and Livingston striker insisted that he was baffled by the winger slipping so dramatically down the Parkhead 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 four Scottish Premiership matches.

He has an outstanding record since signing from Aston Villa in 2016, playing a key role in the three consecutive trebles and thriving under ex-manager Brendan Rodgers.

Supporters have questioned why the 30-year-old cannot get a game after the club activated an option to extend his contract at the end of last season.

“It’s a baffling situation,” Whelan told Football Insider. “There’s been a fall-out at the training ground, or something’s happened at the training ground. That’s the only explanation, really, that I can think of.

“Yes, Celtic have started the season very well, but Scott Sinclair is easily good enough to get in their squad and, in the team as well, when he’s fit and firing.

“Just look at his record under Brendan Rodgers. He was superb and won the Scottish player of the year.

“There’s obviously something happened behind the scenes with Lennon. Otherwise, he would be in the team. Yes, Celtic have some really good players, but Sinclair is a proven matchwinner at that level.”

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Sinclair’s 164 matches for Celtic have yielded 61 goals and 34 assists, and he has also won nine domestic titles out of nine during his time in Glasgow.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club have opened preliminary talks over £1.3million deal.