Sinclair: experience, continuity, attitude. Why contract was extended


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.

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  1. Nave our custodians said anything yet about that RAT Beaton getting to referee/ cheat at another one of our games yet…… Naw did nae think so… Lions they are not.



    D. :)

  2. Neustadt-Braw, May your brother rest in peace , sad news pal.?






    I remember having a blether about, me and my cousins from Milton running about daft , your post took me back to the good old days.



    God bless the BC family. ?

  3. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Knowing how Celtic work I would think that whoever made the call to retain Scot Sinclair will be the manager next season, got to be, so they’ve either called someone to get a decision or Neil has made the decision.

  4. weebobbycollins on

    Bluegrass Celt…sorry to hear your sad news. May your mum rest in peace.

  5. Bateen Bhoy on

    Bluegrass Celt,


    Condolences on the loss of your Mum.


    Hard times for many on here lately, aside from the grief of losing Two Lions in a week.


    Life is indeed a bitch. ?

  6. Sinclair is hit n miss, but he never hides. I hate all the talk of complete rebuilds etc… It is simply not needed. we need 3 first team starters next season namely A rightback, A centreback and A forward to go along with marven. if we punt ntcham we may need to replace him.




  7. WeefratheTim on

    Just popped in for a rare visit, Neustadt Braw terrible news about your big brother. You have my deepest sympathy and may your brother rest in peace. Hopefully your family will gain strength from their fantastic memories. HH





    I know we haven’t spoke before, losing your mother is so painful so please accept my humble condolences on your terrible loss. HH

  8. Message for the Grim Reaper.


    Take a break, man.


    You’ve reached your quota already.


    We fon’t need any more good Celtic people taken from us.


    Not being flippant but we’ve lost quite a few on and off the blog lately and the families and friends of those affected should be given time to mourn their losses.


    Condolences to all who have lost those they hold dear.

  9. Bluegrass Celt



    Thoughts and prayers with you Mum, yourself, the family and friends at this sad time.

  10. big packy 1 on

    CORCKCELT@ 5- 54 thanks for your comments ,never seen so many people in such a small stadium, btw love your posts imho you are a true tim. would love to meet up with you in the temple bar in Dublin or the wee shop in my village of glenboig, father o hare would have loved you, alas he has gone on to better things and I now live in Cheshire ,hail hail corky luv ya to bits.

  11. Friesdorfer on

    Blue Grass Celt, sincere condolences on the sad loss of your wee Mammy. The memories last forever. HH

  12. Friesdorfer on



    Congratulations to your granddaughter on passing her driving test. And so, life goes on. HH

  13. Blue Grass Celt & Neustadt Braw:



    Sincerest condolences to both of you on your sad losses.

  14. Interesting that the BBC are now saying that(young player of the year elect) Kent, lashed out at Scott Brown now.



    Up to now it was a push



    If he goes back to Liverpool, will it then become a punch?



    I find this whole saga very strange i.e why is this particular player being protected

  15. Adi Dassler



    My favourite is when a diving cheat in EPL moves abroad, the behaviour is now slagged off



    Any current EPL. Player – silence



    They piled into Suarez last night when he was a cheating ragbag for Liverpool



    Mane dives and they actually stopped talking. Been at this for years



    If Salah moves to Spain he will be enemy no 1 for diving

  16. fairhill bhoy on

    NEUSTADT-BRAW. Condolences on your brother Gerald’s passing






    Condokences on the loss of your mum. May she Rest In Peace.



    Hail Hail

  18. What is the Stars on

    Neustadt and Bluegrass



    Sorry for your losses lads.


    May your brother and mother rest in peace.



    Stay strong

  19. Adi_Dassler



    Now only a handful of bhoys know I got a new Gold phone today. Mmmmm



    Me thinks you could be the bhoy who gave me it??



    D. :)

  20. Delaneys if you are lurking, I hope you are well me auld pal after your recent loss.






    D. :)

  21. N B and B C



    Deepest and most sincere condolences on both your respective losses. Tough times for both of yee.



    As others have said keeping SS for reasons other than obtaining a transfer fee is madness IMO. I ‘reckon he will be sold by August even if it’s for only a million, it’s good business. Keeping him with expectation of him contributing massively ( which he will be under pressure to do so given his wages ) to 9IAR is a poor decision.



    We have serious cash at our disposal but every bit of it needs to be invested in an absolute minimum of 5 QUALITY players as P67 alludes to. Generally that takes SERIOUS CASH. RB 2 CB’s and 2 CF’s to be fair we also need a centre mid in my opinion. Petrov type as P67 states. High energy, powerful, good technique box to box. Could have had McGinn ( who cleaned up at AV end of season awards night including players player of the year ) for 2.5 million. If Carlsberg massive did fuck ups…..






  22. Hunderbirds are Gone on



    Condolences on the loss of your Mother. Losing your Mother brings a unique pain. She has given you strength that you don’t know that you have yet, you will get through the pain to a happier time of memories that will make you smile.





    May God give you and your family the strength to cope.


    My sister made a profound remark when we lost our brother recently.


    “They say it’s hard being raised in a large family.


    If you think that’s hard….try losing one.”


    God be with you all.




    Condolences on the loss of your mother and brother respectively RIP and God Bless

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