Pundit Michael Stewart questioned on the Ladbrokes Social Club where Scott Sinclair fits in at Celtic and hints at a potential January move for the Derby County linked player.
According to Football Insider, the Rams plotted a late summer move for Sinclair.
A move ultimately failed to materialise, with Derby instead bringing in Jamie Paterson on loan from fellow Championship club Bristol City to much surprise.
Paterson has featured sporadically for Derby. Fellow wide players Mason Bennett and Florian Jozefzoon also only have a handful of starts between them.
Truth is, manager Phillip Cocu doesn’t have much quality to work with out wide. Derby have lacked natural wingers for some time, with Duane Holmes, Martyn Waghorn or Tom Lawrence often pushed out there to compensate despite being better suited to central roles.
Sinclair is a gifted winger, and Stewart suggests his Celtic days are drawing to a close.
I don’t think he does fit in, I don’t. You’ve got Jonny Hayes as well. For Scott Sinclair, I don’t see himself playing a big role.
When asked if he could leave in January, Steward added: “It all depends on what the options are.”
Scott Sinclair’s fantastic Celtic record:
Sinclair joined Celtic under former manager Brendan Rodgers in 2016. He scored 21 goals in his first season at Celtic Park, helping the side complete a domestic treble.
The 30-year-old maintained an excellent record over the following two seasons. He posted a total of 60 goals in 153 games in all competitions prior to this season.
Under new manager Neil Lennon, however, Sinclair has struggled for game time. He has made just two Scottish Premiership appearances – last featuring for Celtic in September.
The Hoops have plenty of options out wide. It seems Sinclair is fast becoming surplus to requirements, and his contract at Celtic Park is up at the end of the season.
Derby could certainly do worse. If Phillip Cocu’s side can get closer to the playoffs come January, the Celtic man may represent a viable option to boost a potential promotion push.