REJUVENATED Scott Sinclair is being touted for individual player awards at the end of the season.
And the exciting Celtic raider insists there is only one man to thank for his rise from the Aston Villa substitutes’ bench a year ago to now being in the reckoning for glittering prizes – Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.

Sinclair, 27, said: “If I’m in contention for the Player of the Year award that would mean the world to me. It would just show all the hard work I’ve put in.
“Even back then when I wasn’t playing at Villa as much as I wanted I was still doing the hard graft behind the scenes and even staying behind to do extra sessions. Hopefully, that’s all paying off now.

“That feels like a long, long time ago – a world away. Football goes so quickly. You look back and you don’t know where the time has gone. That stage of my career was very tough.

“But you need to go through periods like that. Now I don’t think about it – I haven’t looked back since.

“I’m enjoying my football and that has been the case since the minute I came up here.

“What happened then made me stronger as a person. It made me even hungrier and made me want to play regularly again.

“I’ve come here and I’m loving every moment. Not only am I playing every week and scoring, but we’re winning games, as well.”

Sinclair added: “I had played the best football of my career under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea and then there was a massive gap where I hadn’t shown what I can do.


“Now after reuniting with him, I’m back to my best form. He was the reason I got the move to Manchester City and a lot of people seemed to forget that.

“I won promotion with Swansea and played for a season in the Premier League with them. I did well enough to earn the right to join City.

“So, it’s nice to be back with a manager who likes you, supports you and essentially gives you the confidence to go out there and play.

“The No.1 thing is I’m enjoying my football again. People might keep comparing playing in the Premier League to playing here, but the main thing for me is how much I’m enjoying playing.

“And the manager has high expectations, which is great. He pushes you every day, in every training session and every game.

“He’s so demanding and that’s what you need to make you better every day.”
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