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SINCLAIR MYSTERY DEEPENS

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SCOTT SINCLAIR’S Celtic mystery is deepening with his omission from Neil Lennon’s provisional squad for tomorrow’s noon kick-off against Ross County in Dingwall.

The 30-year-old Englishman is absent from the player pool, as revealed by the Daily Record.

Bizarrely, Sinclair did not appear in the original list before the Europa League Group E encounter against Rennes at Parkhead on Thursday night – and then appeared on the bench as an unused substitute.

The group announced for the clash in the Highlands reads: Forster, Frimpong, Bauer, Taylor, Ajer, Jullien, Rogic, Bitton, Brown, McGregor, Elyounoussi, Ntcham, Forrest, Edouard, Johnston, Griffiths, Christie, Morgan and Gordon.

Again, there appears to be no place for Sinclair who is out of contract in June after being signed by ex-boss Brendan Rodgers from Aston Villa for £4.5million in August 2016.

Mohamed Elyounoussi is included, but there appears little likelihood the on-loan Southampton forward has a chance of playing as he is still attempting to overcome the foot injury sustained while on international duty with Norway.

Lennon has already stated Sinclair has a role to play with the champions facing nine games next month before the winter break.

The one-time England international attacker scored 61 goals in his first three campaigns at the Hoops, but has been a non-starter this time around.

He has been curtailed to five substitute appearances and has claimed two goals – one in the 3-1 Champions League qualifying victory over FK Sarajevo in Bosnia in July and another in the 5-0 win over Partick Thistle in the Betfred League Cup quarter-final success at Parkhead in September.

 

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