Scott Sinclair has opened up about his Celtic exit and made a huge revelation about his last few months at Parkhead.
It is safe to say that Scott Sinclair was one of the biggest parts of the Celtic side that won the historic Treble Treble. Arriving in Scotland in 2016, he was an instant hit. That season the Hoops won the first of their three straight Trebles, helped by the English winger’s 25 goals. And at the end of the season he took home multiple individual awards for his incredible debut campaign.
Unfortunately, the end of Sinclair’s Celtic career was not as great as its beginning. After scoring 60 goals in his first three seasons at the club, he suddenly lost his place in the side. Before moving to Preston North End in January, he managed to make just 7 appearances this season – a huge downfall for a player who was considered by many as the best player at Parkhead during Brendan Rodgers’ reign as manager.
Neil Lennon was not clearly as high on the Englishman as Rodgers was though and seemed very keen to move him out of the club as soon as possible. And according to Sinclair himself, he was even made to train with the reserves during his last few months at the club.
Speaking with BBC, the former Celtic man said:
“60 goals in three seasons and then sometimes you were training with the reserves, whichever reason that was.
“So that was hard to take, but I had to sort of dig in and stay professional, which I did.
“It was a very tough time for me in the last stages”
If this is indeed true then it was clearly Lennon trying to send the message to Sinclair that he was no longer wanted at Parkhead. The fact of the matter is that the winger was on huge wages and if he was not in the manager’s first-team plans then there was no point wasting money on his salary.
Sinclair will always be fondly remembered by the Hoops fans for his contributions to the Celtic cause during the three-and-a-half seasons that he was here. And the man deserves immense credit for behaving like a true professional during what were surely a very difficult last few months at the club.