Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has placed a real emphasis of youth – opposite to that of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard following the additions of Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe – through his January transfer business so far this month, and it surely spells the beginning of the end for Scott Sinclair under his leadership.
Well, the 29-year-old attacker has a brilliant record since he moved north of the border in the summer of 2016, scoring 52 goals and providing a further 34 assists in 138 appearances in all competitions for the Scottish giants, as per Transfermarkt.
While he has primarily played on the left-hand side or in a central role behind the striker – even playing as a makeshift centre-forward on rare occasions – he hasn’t quite made the same impact this term as he has in previous years despite scoring nine goals and grabbing six assists in 33 outings in total prior to the winter break.
Considering he turns 30 this year perhaps it is getting to the stage where his legs don’t allow him to do what he once could earlier on during his career, and Rodgers is clearly looking towards the future.
While the former Manchester City and Swansea City man may well continue to be a regular in the starting XI for the remainder of the campaign – although he does face a real battle with new boys Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah and youngser Mikey Johnston among others – the future beyond that doesn’t look too bright.
The newfound fight of Rangers means that the Northern Irish manager can’t afford to rest on his laurels now, and if that means freshening up the squad with more youth then that might be the best plan – and a path that the Glasgow outfit seem keen to follow given their transfer business this month.
With performances declining and with just 18 months remaining on his contract at Parkhead, this is surely the beginning of the end for Sinclair under Rodgers’ leadership.
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