SCOTT SINCLAIR, fresh from his hat-trick in Celtic’s breathtaking 4-3 triumph over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Boxing Day, now has his sights trained on Rangers at Ibrox tomorrow.

The Englishman netted the winner in the Hogmanay tussle in Govan two years ago when the Hoops fought back from going a goal behind to a close-range strike from Kenny Miller.

Moussa Dembele equalised and Sinclair was on hand to tuck the points-clincher behind helpless keeper Wes Foderingham in the second-half.

And he was on target with a penalty-kick when Brendan Rodgers’ side ran amok in the 5-1 triumph on enemy territory in April last year.

Sinclair, who has taken his Celts’ goal tally to 52, said: “Personally, you can’t do much better than score a hat-trick when it comes to your own confidence going into the next game.

“I was aware that I was near the 50-goal mark and it’s a great achievement for myself to get over the mark. Hopefully, I can keep on scoring.

“My last hat-trick was against Hearts in my first season to clinch the title at Tynecastle.

“So, yes, it seemed like a long time ago and it was great to do it again. I want to build on that.

“As a team, we’re all in good spirits in the camp and we are all going to be ready for the weekend game.

“Every game we go into, we want to win. I enjoy the big games. I think when you go to a place such as Aberdeen, all the players are up for it.

“The big occasions are exciting. It’s like that for a player to be involved in these type of games.

“We have got some good memories of Ibrox, but this is another game and we go into it the way we would against anyone else.”

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN…Scott Sinclair speeds away from Josh Windass in an Ibrox clash. Pic: Geo.

Sinclair added: “I think we are a top-level team. Players have come into it. Ryan Christie in the past couple of months has been exceptional and has added goals to his tally.

“There are a few other players, but, as a team, there is a lot of competition and everyone keeps everyone else on their toes.

“Going forward now, it’s about the whole team and how we perform.

“Are we as hungry as ever? Yeah. I think you can see that with the characters in the squad.

“Obviously, at Aberdeen in the last 20 minutes when we had to dig deep, we did so and got a result. Odsonne Edouard is fully fit now and he was really sharp when he went into the game against Aberdeen.

“The manager always works on certain things. We didn’t have a striker at Pittodrie, so Ryan went up top and played a false nine.

“He did really well and then Odsonne came back fully fit and made a great impact when he went onto the pitch.”

A win against Steven Gerrard’s team – the second of the season – would open up a six-point lead for the seven-in-a-row title kings who will also have a game in hand.

Olivier Ntcham got the only goal of the game when Celtic emerged victorious at Parkhead in September.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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