In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, John Hartson strongly suggested that Scott Sinclair’s Celtic career could be in jeopardy.
The 30-year-old has, for the most part, enjoyed an esteemed career at Paradise – he’s won three top flight titles with Celtic while netting 61 goals and bagging 34 assists across all competitions.
That the Bhoys faithful’s Sinclair chant has effectively established iconic status is a testament to the profound impact he has made at the club, but he now finds himself out in the cold with just 56 competitive minutes so far this season.
Neil Lennon added extra competition to his attacking midfield ranks in the summer with the loan signing of Mohamaed Eyounoussi, who started the 1-0 victory over Hamilton last weekend.
But, pertinently, there was no place in the squad for Sinclair, and that decision has inevitably raised question marks over his future at the club – if he has one at all.
In a rather frank and profound verdict on the current situation, Hartson suggested that the writing may well be on the wall while speaking to FFC.
He said: “Scott Sinclair hasn’t got a look in this season. The manager’s not picking him and that tells its own story.”
As the Celtic legend suggests, the current situation is far from promising from Sinclair’s point of view.
Daniel Arzani and Mikey Johnstone will also provide competition for a place in the starting XI following their respective returns from injury, leaving Sinclair three clear rivals to contend with.
Naturally, it’s impossible to fully write the nimble 5 foot 8 man off given the scale of his contribution to the Hoops since he arrived in 2016, but there is growing evidence to suggest his future is far from secure.
The age-old adage suggests that actions speak louder than words and, as Hartson alludes to, it’s one that aptly applies to Sinclair following his recent omission from the first-team squad.
This will be an intriguing sub-plot to watch unfold this season.