Celtic picked up a comfortable 2-0 win over AIK in the last qualifying round before the Europa League group stages as Neil Lennon looks to get back on track – but Celtic fans cannot understand the absence of one player.
Following the loss to CFR Cluj in Champions League qualifying earlier this month, Celtic were demoted to Europa League qualifying. It sees The Hoops take on Swedish side AIK for a place in the group stages.
James Forrest scored in his fifth consecutive outing, lashing a right-footed effort past the goalkeeper despite stopper Oscar Linner getting a big hand to the shot. Odsonne Edouard showed his class with a superb 25-yard free-kick.
The Hoops started with Mikey Johnston and Forrest out wide, and brought on Lewis Morgan in the second half. Jonny Hayes was also on the bench, while Maryan Shved continues to be nowhere to be seen.
But the confusion surrounds the situation involving Scott Sinclair, and whether he is being forced out of Celtic or that he is imply not being picked due to quality – the latter of which seems unlikely, when looking at his stats north of the border.
Sinclair has not been a part of Celtic’s last three European squads as well as the narrow, extra-time win over Dunfermline. It is somewhat bewidlering, given Sinclair has netted 61 goals in 164 games – and laid on 34 assists, since he joined under Brendan Rodgers
He has 12 months left on his contract at Parkhead, and has been linked with English clubs in both the Championship and the Premier League. Celtic fans are dumbfounded that Sinclair was left out of the 18-man side again.
Great result for Celtic tonight, however I can’t stop thinking about Scott Sinclair. I think it’s horrible how he’s being treated. Look at his stats and you’ll see how great a player he is. Neil Lennon needs to sort this out before a transfer request is handed in. @CelticFC 💚🍀
— Conor (@ConorH_1997) August 22, 2019
Could it just be that Scott Sinclair just doesn't fit how Lennon plays or he doesn't train as good as Morgan and Johnston?
There's something not right but I'd say Morgan and Johnston run at their man and are more direct far more often than Sinclair
— Paul Mcginley (@PaulMcG1994) August 23, 2019
Only issue I had from last night's game…. Lewis Morgan coming on and Scott Sinclair not even in the squad.
Sinclair is better in every department than Morgan. The fans can see it, the coaches must see it. So only thing I can think of is something has happened behind the scenes
— Janefield Street (@janefieldst) August 23, 2019
Say what you want about Scott Sinclair & his performances but his goal record speaks for itself. He’s in my squad before Morgan every day of the week.
— Junior Baiano (@ian_doc) August 23, 2019
WHERE IS SCOTT SINCLAIR
— Shaun Don (@ShaunDonnelly91) August 22, 2019
A one legged Scott Sinclair would be better than Morgan.
— Gary Harper (@TOPJBHOY) August 22, 2019
Dare I say Scott Sinclair woulda finished that https://t.co/ffiPbLggmG
— Conor (@conorsinclair67) August 22, 2019