It was rather telling about the bizarre nature of Celtic’s season that the Hoops’ top scorer, Scott Sinclair, didn’t get on the pitch in the Scottish Cup Final until the 90th minute of the game, when he replaced James Forrest.
Sinclair ended the season with 19 goals, but his days as a mainstay in the first-team look to be over, as he was on the bench for the most recent three games against Rangers.
The statistics will show that he made 55 appearances this season, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The winger’s form has fell off a cliff in the second-half of the season, and the likes of Forrest and the out of position Callum McGregor have been far more effective for the Hoops.
At 29-years-old and with only two years left on his contract, Brendan Rodgers and the Hoops board look to have a big decision to make about Sinclair’s future.
There has to be a fear that his best days in the Hoops are already behind him, and if Rodgers feels that Sinclair won’t improve his game next season, the Hoops should sell him before his contract moves into its’ final year.
If Sinclair leaves in the summer, and there will be teams in England interested in him, he will go down as a successful signing for the Bhoys, for his brilliant first season in particular.
The form of players such as McGregor and Roberts means that Sinclair will not be that badly missed, and should he leave he will go with the best wishes of the fans.
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