Sinclair leaves a Celtic great


Celtic were invincible domestically in season 2016-17.  Players like Tierney, Dembele, Roberts and Rogic lit up the league, but Scott Sinclair was unequivocally Player of the Year.  His impact on the team was immediate, scoring 20 minutes after coming on at Tynecastle on his debut and turning up on all the big occasions.

His partnership with Tierney on the left forced opponents to become preoccupied with stopping Celtic down that wing, which allowed others freedom elsewhere.

One moment in particular stood out.  Celtic were 65 games into their unbeaten domestic run when they faced Motherwell at Fir Park in November 2017.  The same teams met three days earlier in the League Cup Final, which was settled when Scott won a penalty, converted by Moussa Dembele, which saw Cedric Kipre ordered off.

At Fir Park, the Motherwell fans jeered Scott every time he touched the ball, blaming him for making the most of the contact from Kipre.  It must have been a torrid experience for the player.  An own goal by Mikeal Lustig gave the home team a lead on 78 minutes but Celtic won a penalty with two minutes remaining.

When many players hide under that kind of scrutiny, Scott grabbed the ball, scored the penalty and extended our unbeaten run.  It was a great moment in our treble treble years.  He was a player who never hid.

The decision to take up the option to extend his contract by a year in May looked obvious.  He was a known resource at a time when the team faced a number of changes.  I have no idea why Neil Lennon left him out so much this season.  Mikey Johnston and Mohamed Elyounoussi are at the top of their game, but have been out injured simultaneously.  Still, Scott was only used for a meaningless Europa League fixture.

He leaves for Preston a Celtic great.

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  1. Wonderful photo on twitter from that season of prize winners Armstrong, Sinclair, Tierney, Roberts and Dembele.



    Lot of talent lost.



    Apart from Eddie (and maybe RC), has anyone else really stepped up to the plate to replace them ?




  2. I think it’s realistic to expect that in the social media realm, the bigger sites will be seen as “influencers” in terms of Celtica sentiment.





    Even with the proliferation of the many smaller, fringe sites……This Dear Green Place will still have a target on its back.







    Our genial and accommodating host is quoted in the media and has appeared in broadcast opinion pieces. Clearly there are those who feel his opinions have some worth.







    Now, given that this Dear Green Place has spent the majority of its energy on discussing the financial aspects of football in Scotland, its affects on our beloved Celtic, and given that the huns Liquidation has been at centre stage, I’d wager, realistically that we will have attracted attention from those who support the huns or are financially rewarded to ensure the best outcomes for huns – especially when times are tough ( very tough) at The Edmiston Folly.







    Managing information, disinformation, fake news and corporate reputation is big business everywhere.







    Although I would have no insight into it at all, it is my opinion that it is realistic to think that those who manage the information front for our sleekit neighbours would have reason enough to be on here, managing the message as best they can ie) emphasising the negatives and minimising the positives.







    ( Of course, genuine Tims will also have reasonable gripes that have always been aired here, that’s where the sleekit hun gets lucky a s it’s usually difficult to discern one from the….ither!)








  3. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    @ MCNUT on 8TH JANUARY 2020 3:10 PM



    “We must get away from the mindset that says when things are going well it’s all about the players, manager & coaches, but when we falter, it’s down to PL & the board.”



    We have to take a reasonable view as to how we have achieved our recent success (treble treble). I fail to see how our recent success stems from the vision and prudence of our executive when the fortunes of the club were quite different in the years leading up to BR’s arrival. Our recent success was not based on incremental improvements and the fulfillment of a long term strategy; like most of our actions, it was reactive. We were embarrassed by Sevco in the SC semi-final and hit the panic button and got BR in. The fortunes of the club then changed dramatically.



    “The board decides that PL is worth £x plus incentives. If he meets, or, exceeds those targets, which I’m sure will be football & financial, then he deserves his pay.”



    That line of argument only works if the initial decision by the board is proportionate and is a prudent business decision. The issue is that I think it is not; not for our market; the size of our club or even for the size of our business (looking outwith football)- see my previous comment re bonuses of FTSE 100 CEOs.



    “It could well be that it would take 3/4 people to replace him – he may, due to his contacts and expertise, be responsible for 40% of the club’s income. We don’t know.”



    I’m unsure how anyone could land on these figures or come to the conclusion that PL is responsible for circa £30m our of revenue.



    “What we do know is that his time in charge has been the second-most successful time, football-wise, in the club’s 132 year history. Celtic is now the most financially successful sporting entity in Scottish history. That is quite a record. Will whoever replaces him, on a salary of say £250k/year, which is what some on here think PL should be paid, emulate his record?”



    We had a turnover of £50m (not far off our turnover in 2001) for the two seasons before BR arrived. It’s amazing that the arrival of BR coincided with Celtic posting record numbers…it’s almost as if he might have had a hand in changing our fortunes or was responsible for our phenomenal success.

  4. CBN



    We haven’t ably replaced vintage Lustig, nowhere near peak Lustig.



    Mmmmmm x 2 on diminishing talent….

  5. Hope to have 1 in before we go to Dubai….


    Hope to have 2 on the plane to Dubai….


    Hope to have 1 or 2 in by Thursday…..



    Same ole Celtic………

  6. Negative stories about our beloved Club


    Thinking that the Sun shines out of Sevco’s Botty


    ffs they are a pathetic joke (sad but true)

  7. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    BIG WAVY on 9TH JANUARY 2020 12:03 PM


    Damn you Siempre Celtic :)





    It was close ;)




  8. I know the Board tends to rest on their Laurels


    look @ the past success, look @ the Balance Sheet


    Yeah & look @ the dross on the playing surface


    try speculate to accumolate sometimes you will


    be presently surprised with the outcome try


    being proactive instead of no-active sometimes


    & remember change is good instead of being


    ah we will just let the World go bye while everything


    is changing around us who cares?

  9. Garngad to Croy on

    Another quality player gone, our squad will be diluted to mediocrity ! Only Celtic can beat Celtic.

  10. Yeah Garngard To Croy talk about pushing the self destruction button


    It’s like two submerines with misiles on board where one is odered to


    fire their misile @ the other sub with out knowledge of what they are


    doing the same applys to the othe submerine & hay presto we have


    self disstruction

  11. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Bankiebhoy 12.08, i’ll see you and raise you.



    I’ve ended up doing more scrolling than reading when looking through the site, particularly in the past 24 hours.



    This got me thinking.



    A bot is a software application that is programmed to do certain tasks. Bots are automated, which means they run according to their instructions without a human user needing to start them up. Bots often imitate or replace a human user’s behaviour – Cloudflare.com.



    Would it be completely paranoid to think some of the stuff is generated by bots??

  12. The countdown has begun as Paradise prepares for Europa League knockout action against FC Copenhagen, and you can secure your place now!



    Scotland’s Champions take on the Danish side at Telia Parken next month, with the return leg to be played at Celtic Park the following week (Thursday, February 27), as the Paradise faithful prepare for more magic under the lights.



    As we enter the crucial knock-out stages of the competition, every moment matters. Don’t miss your chance to play your part in the vital European clash!



    Tickets on sale now to STH priced:



    Adults – £37


    Concessions – £24


    Under 13s – £20



    The deadline to secure your place:


    2pm on Friday, January 31.

  13. Scott Sinclair has gone. His time was up at Celtic. He was rarely used even when we had injuries. Scott has been a drain on our wage bill as he had lost his automatic place under Rodgers. Lennon selected him rarely.

  14. Blogger GM………..



    Good point.



    As a semi-retired ( time-served) stank lifter I’d no idea about that new fangled stuff but imo most of it is well planned clever break -up play. When the blog’s quiet its no’ that difficult to have some “character” dominate.

  15. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    !!BADA BING!! on 9TH JANUARY 2020 12:57 PM



    Will the old debate about non-scoring strikers be reignited – if anyone has potential to do so its a 1 in 9 journeyman from the EPL/Championship…




  16. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BIGBHOY on 9TH JANUARY 2020 12:58 PM



    And he didn`t perform on the occasions he was given an opportunity.


    Seemed reluctant to run at the defender which had been his strength.


    The departure of Brendan perhaps had a greater effect on his performance / confidence than could have been expected.

  17. And the squad is weakened further….



    Losing Sinclair just another example of how ineffectual NFL is in his current role. Either he rates Johnson as a better player than SS or else he doesn’t have the cojones to stand up to the board and pick SS regardless.



    Clueless or spineless, you decide ..

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