Scott Sinclair is currently Celtic’s top scorer with 17 goals, and is also the reigning Scottish football player of the year – but that hasn’t stopped being heavily criticised by supporters this season.
Sinclair, for so long a mainstay of the side under Brendan Rodgers, was dropped for the first leg of the Europa League clash against Zenit, and he wasn’t missed as the Bhoys put on their best performance in weeks and deservedly won 1-0.
He consequently started in Sunday’s goalless league game against St Johnstone, a game in which he didn’t impress, and that has lead most to believe that the Englishman won’t be involved in the second leg against Zenit.
However, Rodgers could well throw a curveball by starting the under-fire 28-year-old in the Krestovksy Stadium. He still has the ability to be unplayable on his day and perhaps a pep talk from the manager could inspire him to the form he showed last season and earlier this season.
It is also worth remembering that Sinclair has an excellent record in Europe, scoring six goals in 11 Champions League qualification and group stage matches this season.
Sinclair may not be having the best of times at the moment, but a fine display in a Hoops triumph in Russia would be a pleasant reminder of how good he can be.
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