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…

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