SCOTT SINCLAIR is backing his Celtic team-mate Moussa Dembele to keep cool in the white-hot atmosphere of a crucial Champions League game against Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany tonight.
The 20-year-old Frenchman, with 15 goals this season, will lead the line again in the enforced absence of Leigh Griffiths, who has been left at home after catching a virus.
Dembele has already netted twice in the group during the 3-3 draw against Manchester City in Glasgow and he figured hugely against Barcelona in the Nou Camp when, unfortunately, he missed a penalty-kick.
The Spaniards, 1-0 ahead at the time, blew a sigh of relief and raced down to the other end of the pitch and, only moments later, Lionel Messi had tucked away the second of his hat-trick.
Sinclair reckons his young frontline partner is ready to take centre stage again this evening against the Bundesliga giants.
He said: “Moussa is very young, so he’s still learning. The strikers I’ ve played alongside before were much older, but it’s great for Moussa to be getting this experience in the Champions League and playing every week.
“That’s what you need as a young player. You can’t get enough of playing games and enjoying it and learning. He scored two goals against Manchester City, so he’ s showing his potential and that’s all you can do.
“The great thing about being young is that you have no fear. You just go out and play your normal game, but, best of all, he’s under a manager who can guide him.
“Nothing fazes him and the manager is a calming influence. But it comes from scoring goals. Leigh was up there before and Moussa had to wait a couple of games, but now he’s in the team and he’s taken his chance.”
Four years ago, Sinclair made his one and only away appearance for Manchester City in a Champions League tie in Germany where a one-goal defeat from Borussia Dortmund ruined his big night.
The 27-year-old flair player, snapped up by his former Swansea boss Rodgers in the summer from Aston Villa, recalled: “That game seems like such a long time ago now. ‘When I look back at my time at City, I just feel much more part of things now – being in a team and just enjoying my football.
“Every game at City you wanted to get on the pitch. For me, I didn’t really get much game time in the Champions League. But that’s all in the past now. I’m looking forward to the future here.
“I feel much different now. I feel more at home here. I feel I’m playing a much bigger part compared to what I was doing before with City.
‘I was in and out of the team. You get one Champions League game and that’s your lot. But here I’m fully involved. I feel great to be a part of it.”