Scott Sinclair offers to play as central striker for Celtic

Scott Sinclair of Celtic scores the opening goal of the game in the first half during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round, Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at...

Scott Sinclair has suggested that he would be ready to play as Celtic's main striker if he was required.

Scott Sinclair has told Celtic's official website that while he is delighted that Leigh Griffiths is set to be available for the Hoops' Champions League qualifier with Rosenborg, he would be more than happy to fill in as the side's main striker if he was required.

Griffiths appeared to face a race against time to be fit for the second-leg of their clash with the Norwegian side after missing the first-leg, which saw Tom Rogic start up front with Moussa Dembele also absent.

Scott Sinclair of Celtic scores the opening goal of the game in the first half during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round, Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at...Scott Sinclair

However, the club's official website has suggested that the 26-year-old will be fit for the rematch. And while Sinclair has insisted that having Griffiths back is a major bonus for the Bhoys, he has added that he would have also been prepared to step in and be the focal point if he had been needed.

“Obviously Griff is back which is a massive factor for the squad, but whoever needs to fill in for that position will step up, as they have done. I can play anywhere across the front-three so if the manager wants me to play there, I will play there,” he told the club's official website.

In some ways, it is perhaps a surprise that Brendan Rodgers did not select Sinclair up front instead of Rogic for the first-leg given that the Englishman has plenty of experience in the striker role and even featured in the role during Rodgers' time as Swansea boss earlier in their careers.

Perhaps Rodgers felt that keeping Sinclair in the position where he was so lethal last season would be more beneficial to the side's chances of securing a positive result than moving up into a central striker role. 

But while they were unable to break down Rosenborg last time, Rodgers will be hoping that having a natural striker playing in the role - presuming that Griffiths does come back in - will not only give Celtic more strength going forward, but will also help bring the best out of Sinclair. 

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers watches from the sidelines during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

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