ONE of the most pleasing aspects of what has been an excellent week for Celtic has been the return to form and to the starting lineup of Scotty Sinclair, our Player of the Year in the Invincible Season and our top goalscorer in the Double Treble season. What that tells you is that when Scotty Sinclair clicks Celtic click and we certainly are doing that at the moment.
What a wonderful week of football from Celtic – 14-0 in goals, we’ve reached the Cup Final and closed the gap to one point with us having a game in hand on Hearts, who took a 9 goal thumping from us in 6 days.
Scotty Sinclair is back in the team, scoring goals, creating them too (as he has always done for Celtic) and he is delighted by the upturn in his own fortunes on the field. Scotty, you see, just loves to prove the doubters wrong.
“I like when people doubt me, that drives me on. As a footballer, you’re always going to get that, but the quality I showed a couple of seasons ago was proof of what I can do,” Sinclair said to the media.
“The manager sometimes went with a different shape, with a midfielder playing in my position, so I had to wait my turn. I had to be patient for an opportunity to go back in the team. It was very frustrating, but all I could do was continue to work hard.
“Certainly, I didn’t feel like I had lost any of my confidence. I’ve always believed in myself, I know what I can do. I’ve shown that here. Being out of the side has been difficult, but I want to pick up consistency now because when you’re in and out, it’s hard to do that.
“When playing every week and scoring goals, everything’s flowing. I want to get back to that. It’s very difficult when you come on as a sub and the crowd expect you to change the game.
“That’s tough for any player, but when you start a game, you can build yourself into it and play your normal game. After being Player of the Year in my first season, I feel the expectation from the supporters to do something special, but that’s part of getting all the accolades in my first year here. I get that and I’m happy with it.
“When I go out there, I still believe in myself 100 per cent. I know the goals will come and I’ll be back on top form again. Maybe opposition teams were also trying to man-mark or double-team me in certain games.
“They’re trying to stop me dribbling and scoring goals, but it’s up to me to come up with different ways and find solutions.
“It’s just about getting back up to that same level again.”
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Watch Celtic Fans TV Post Match reactions to yesterday’s 5-0 win…See HERE.
Jim Craig – The Battle of Montevideo…See HERE.
‘The birth of the new Young Lions of Celtic,’ David Potter…See HERE.
‘People will now know our capabilities,’ Rodgers Pride…See HERE.
Five Star Celtic hammer Hearts…See HERE.