Alan Hutton has tipped Celtic attacker Scott Sinclair to exit the club and claimed the 30-year-old is in a ‘strange’ situation after not leaving in the summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international revealed that he thought the Hoops and Sinclair would have been disappointed that the winger didn’t secure an exit in the last transfer window.
Hutton explained that with Sinclair failing to make Neil Lennon’s squad in recent matches and due to the 30-year-old training on his own then he felt the writing was on the wall for him.
The former Scotland international did point out that he thought Sinclair needed to keep his head up and continue to work hard to get back into Lennon’s plans even though it’s going to be difficult for him.
“It seems a bit strange, obviously in his first season there he started very well, scored a lot of goals, played most games and I think basically what has happened is, is that Celtic have taken up the option for another year on his contract, possibly hoping that someone would come in and buy him in the summer,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“I think Scott possibly wanted to move, nothing came of it, which means he is stuck there and that’s a disappointment for the club and him.
“He’s probably stuck in a hard place and from what I’ve read he is training on his own, so he needs to work hard in order to get himself back in the squad.
“Personally Celtic are winning and playing well so for him to break back into the team, it is going to be difficult, so that’s obviously gonna be a hard one for him, so personally I think the writing is on the wall and he’ll move on at some point.
“And I’ll imagine it’ll happen in January.”
Sinclair joined Celtic in 2016 from Aston Villa and during his time with the club has scored 61 goals and racked up 34 assists across the 164 appearances he has made.
However, the 30-year-old has managed to play just 11 minutes of league action this season and has failed to make Celtic’s matchday squad since his brief cameo.