The Celtic winger was not included in the Hoops match squad on Tuesday night.
Celtic’s exit from the UEFA Champions League has understandably provoked quite a bit of reaction from the club’s supporters.
The Hoops have failed to make the group stages of the competition in four of the last six seasons, despite often being heavy favourites with more financial clout than the opposition.
It’s a poor record that not even the parachute of the UEFA Europa League will help ease the pain of for some.
Neil Lennon has taken flak for his decision to start Callum McGregor at left-back, Scott Brown for his moment of madness when conceding a penalty and Peter Lawwell for the club’s lack of planning for the qualifying process.
Another question has been raised by some though – the absence of Scott Sinclair.
The winger has not been declared injured but was nowhere to be seen last night at Celtic Park, not named in the starting eleven or on the bench, with the inexperienced Lewis Morgan and Mikey Johnston fancied instead.
Sinclair was a crucial member of Brendan Rodgers’ team, scoring 60 goals in three seasons. Even when not playing spectacularly he was often a goal threat.
No-one in the Celtic squad has scored more than him since 2016.
Lennon though simply doesn’t seem to fancy him. He got 11 minutes of action against Motherwell on Saturday, was missing from the club’s trip to Romania last week and an unused sub against St Johnstone in the league opener.
Surely he’s at least worth inclusion on the bench?
Some Hoops fans have been left baffled by his omission, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Picking Johnstone and then replacing him with Morgan when we have Scott Sinclair. Get Mick McCarthy in.— Thomas (@bigtamzippy) August 13, 2019
Final thing I’ll say about tonight, we need to find our best back four and play it consistently. Callum McGregor is never a left back and should never be played there again. Lewis Morgan is never in a million years better than Scott Sinclair.— Murray (@DMMacdonald96) August 13, 2019
Lewis Morgan over Scott Sinclair a just don’t get that ♂️ Sinclair should be playing if not at least the bench!— Scott Smith (@67scottsmith) August 13, 2019
We move on, eh @CelticFC shambles. Get that money spent on decent players. Also give scott Sinclair a game, cheers.— Kevin Rankin (@kevdee4) August 13, 2019
Scott Sinclair is being hung out to dry! Aye he’s been off the boil for a while but he knows where the goal is and should be part of our 18 every week. Scored important goals in the past. Leave him out for a kid who has still to prove his worth #Sinclair #Morgan #Celtic— Tiny (@PaulStewart1988) August 14, 2019
Who is chasing Scott Sinclair out the door, he’s way better an option than Morgan n young Johnstone— thegreenanwhite (@JimGreenan) August 13, 2019
Sinclair out of the picture. 50% of the new defense at a cost of £10 million on the bench. Bringing on Lewis Morgan in a crucial champions league qualifier. Possibly our best midfielder at left back ….questions to be answered Neil Lennon ! Questions to be answered.— Martin Brodigan (@MartinBrodigan) August 13, 2019
Another thing to ask Lennon about is why Scott Sinclair was sitting in his house the night? Could’ve done with him coming off the bench instead of Morgan or Bayo and instead we’re actively chasing a guy who guarantees goals and assists from the club— Kieran Polland (@Kieran_Polland) August 13, 2019
Scott Sinclair has been absolutely vital in negotiating these qualifiers in the last 3 seasons, scored so many huge goals.— Paul McQueen (@queenmachine67) August 13, 2019
Neil Lennon prefers Lewis Morgan. Let that one sink in.