FORMER Celtic star Alan Thompson believes Scotty Sinclair can show Gareth Southgate his true qualities when he lines up in the double-header against Bayern Munich.

The England manager has continued to overlook last season’s 25-goal man following his £4.5million move from Aston Villa to be reunited with Brendan Rodgers.

However, ex-Hoops midfielder Thommo reckons Sinclair will take the opportunity to impress Southgate and push his claims for an international place.

He said: “I know Gareth well, he was my captain at Aston Villa and he’s an honest guy.


“He won’t just dismiss Scott Sinclair and, hopefully, he will get the call one day.

“It’s a difficult situation for Scott. I know that because I was in a similar position at Celtic.

“I was playing well in the Champions League and you start to think you might have a chance of a call-up.

“I did get the call once and it was a very proud moment for me.

“There aren’t too many English players at that level of European football.

“If Sinclair does well in the Champions League then it will be difficult to overlook him.

“To play for England was an incredible experience, but I never got another opportunity. And there is no doubt it’s difficult to get an England call when you are at Celtic.”

However, Sinclair can draw hope from the fact goalkeeper Fraser Forster was with the Parkhead outfit when he picked up the first of his English caps.


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