English eyes on 42 goal Scotty Sinclair

SCOTTY SINCAIR is attracting interest from two Premier League sides, according to reports from down south. Both Brighton and Bournemouth are keen on signing the current Scottish player of the year and Celtic’s leading goalscorer this season.

Sinclair has failed to hold down his usual starting place on the wide left of the Celtic attack since the winter break. He was not involved in the Europa League win over Zenit at Celtic Park and was only introduced in the return game when Celtic were chasing the tie, which Zenit won 3-0.

He was an unused substitute at Ibrox on Beautiful Sunday then was subjected to abuse by fat-cat Rangers supporters in the British Airways Executive Lounge at Glasgow Airport. He was subjected to sickening racist abuse at Ibrox last season and this was followed by further racist attacks from Ibrox fans online.

He came on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Motherwell last Sunday and had a tremendous opportunity to win the match in the closing stages but his goalward effort was intercepted by a desperate lunge from the ‘Well defender.

Last season that would have been a dramatic winner for Scotty, who has been a darling of the Celtic support since his debut at Hearts in the opening day of the Invincible season. Celtic broke away with the scores tied at 1-1 and netted a dramatic winner. It was going to be that type of season for Sinclair who helped himself to 25 goals for the Hoops last term.

His overall goals scored total for Celtic sits at 42 – he has netted 17 times this term – a total that Dembele, Edouard or Griffiths haven’t reached.

Celtic spent £3.5million for Sinclair with the deal being subject to various add-ons surrounding Champions League progress – Celtic have achieved their targets in the competition in both seasons Sinclair has been at the club.

Now comes the news that Eddie Howe and Chris Hughton are looking to test Celtic’s resolve regarding their Player of the Year.

Sinclair though regards Brendan Rodgers as his mentor and it would be somewhat surprising if the two decided to part company in the summer.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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