Celtic appear to be on the verge of losing one of their top stars as he has admitted he wants to move away from the club in January.
Not every player has to spend a long time at a club to make their presence felt there. There is no question about the impact that Scott Sinclair has had at Celtic since his arrival in 2016.
The Englishman was an absolute superstar under Brendan Rodgers. He won all the individual awards in his debut campaign after scoring 25 goals in just 50 appearances. Interestingly, he has also won a treble every season that he has been at the club. And although he has never managed to match those number, 60 goals in three seasons is not a bad return for a left winger.
Unfortunately, he has seemingly become surplus to requirements at the club since the arrival of Neil Lennon as manager. Right now Sinclair finds himself behind Mikey Johnston, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Lewis Morgan in the pecking order and has only managed to make 7 appearances for the club this season.
Still just 30 years old, the Englishman will be not be satisfied to spend the rest of his career stagnating on a bench and can clearly be the main man at some of the Championship clubs. As a result, he has admitted that he is looking for a move away from Celtic in January in order to find regular minutes and get his career back on track.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sinclair said:
“I just want to play, everyone who knows me aware of that.
“I haven’t really spoken to the manager about leaving. If it was my choice, I would love to stay and fight for a position. But this has been tough. I want to play football. I want to enjoy my football again.
“I just try to be professional. It’s very difficult to have done what I’ve done over the last three years and then all of a sudden be pushed to the side.
“You come in every day and sometimes you’re not with the team, not travelling to games and not involved. Some days you are training with the reserves. That’s very difficult.”
A move away from Parkhead might be best for both parties at this stage. He has not made much contribution to the team this season and Celtic would do well to get his hefty salary off the wage bill. Sinclair on the other hand would clearly be much happier playing regular football somewhere else.