Retaining Scott Sinclair for next season was always going to be a big decision for Celtic. He is the top earner at the club and will therefore consume a significant portion of the next permanent manager’s wage budget. Neil Lennon and Brendan Rodgers both dropped the player at various stages over the last 18 months. We all wondered, would Scott be retained, or would the cash be freed up for a fresh start?
The problem is the size of the fresh start required. The squad needs a significant overhaul. A right back (even if Lustig is retained), replacements for Boyata and Benkovic. Up front we need to – at least – replace Dembele, and we have yet to learn how the latest chapter in the Leigh Griffiths story ends.
My expectation is that the new manager, Neil or other, will also look long and hard at central mid. A Petrov-type player is required. Then there is the possibility that another want-away, like Dembele or Boyata, may occur in August.
While an overhaul is badly needed, some experience, continuity and winning attitude will also come in handy. Scotts Brown and Sinclair have bucket loads of all three.