Former Aberdeen star and current BBC Radio commentator and pundit, Noel Whelan, has claimed that there has been a bust-up behind the scenes at Celtic Park that has led to the exile of Scott Sinclair from the first team.
Celtic have made a brilliant start to the season in their quest to win a historic ninth Premiership title in a row by winning all six of their games till now. Players like Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and James Forrest have been in amazing form while new faces like Hatem Abd Elhamed and Christopher Jullien have also impressed. But one star whose absence from the first team has baffled Hoops fans is Scott Sinclair.
The English winger joined Celtic in 2016 and has scored 60 goals in his three seasons at the club, including a 25-goal debut season under Brendan Rodgers that saw him win both Celtic and PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year. But he has been deemed surplus to requirements this season by Neil Lennon and currently finds himself behind the likes of Mikey Johnston, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Marian Shved, Lewis Morgan and Jonny Hayes in the pecking order.
Sinclair has not started a game this season for Celtic and while Johnston has done a admirable job in his place, the 30-year-old is more than good enough to be an impact substitute if not challenge for a first team spot on a regular basis. And it might not be his lack of quality that has kept him out of the side but behind the scenes issues with manager Neil Lennon instead.
At least that is the belief of BBC Radio commentator and pundit, Noel Whelan. Speaking to Football Insider the former Leeds United forward said:
“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.”
While it is anyone’s guess whether there has really been a falling out between Sinclair and Lennon or not, Whelan’s claims certainly do hold some weight to them considering how sporadically Sinclair has been used this despite Mikey Johnston’s injury issues.