The one Celtic star Neil Lennon plans to have talks with this week over Hoops future | Football | Sport
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has chosen to limit Scott Sinclair’s involvement in the first-team this season, as the winger appeared on his way out of the club this summer.
The Parkhead club chose to trigger a one-year extension to Sinclair’s contract this summer, as the player’s contract was due to expire, which would have allowed him to leave on a free.
However, given that he is one of Celtic’s higher earners on around £30,000-a-week the player’s wage demands were reportedly an issue for interested teams.
Sheffield United, Derby County and Sunderland were among several clubs who were reportedly interested in the former Manchester City player, but ultimately no agreement could be reached before the transfer window closed at the beginning of September.
And now Celtic are preparing to try and bring Sinclair back into the fold.
Lennon is ready to make an offer of reconciliation to Sinclair, according to Football Insider, with the pair expected to hold talks before Celtic take on Hamilton this Saturday.
Sinclair joined the Hoops back in 2016 for a reported fee of £3million but has only played 56 minutes of first-team football this season.
Earlier in the week Sinclair took to Instagram to post a work-out video of him training at Celtic’s Lennoxtown complex, with the caption: “The work never stops.”
And the video saw fans expressing their hopes that the winger will be returning to the team soon.
One said: “Go on Scotty, keep working away until your back in squad. We miss ya.”
While another added: “Hope to see you back soon.”
And a third said: “Go on lad, this is what professionalism looks like. Hope to see u soon mate.”
However, Sinclair hasn’t even made Lennon’s matchday squad for Celtic’s last four European games and was also absent during the club’s 2-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox.
But if talks between Lennon and Sinclair go well, the player could be set to return following the resumption of the domestic campaign after the recent international break.
Celtic haven’t been hindered without Sinclair in their squad as they currently sit atop of the Scottish Premiership and are the only team to have maintained their 100 per cent record as well.
They have also qualified for the group stages of the Europa League after a 6-1 aggregate win over Swedish side AIK in the qualification playoffs.
But with Celtic’s schedule about to become busy due to cup competitions, it could be the ideal time for the club to offer an olive branch to Sinclair and see him return to the starting line-up.
Last season Sinclair scored 17 goals and provided six assists in 55 appearances in all competitions for the club.