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‘I WAS MILES ONSIDE,’ SINCLAIR

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SCOTT SINCLAIR claimed a double in Celtic’s 3-0 Scottish Cup victory over Airdrie at Parkhead at the weekend.

But the English attacker should have ended the tie with FIVE goals to his name.

Sinclair fluffed his second penalty-kick of the season, had a contender for miss of the season and claimed another goal that would have brought him his hat-trick, but was wrongly chalked off after a blunder by an assistant referee.

Before netting the breakthrough goal, the £4.5million frontman watched in dismay as keeper David Hutton clawed away his spot-kick in much the manner Aberdeen’s Joe Lewis managed the same feat in the Betfred League Cup Final at the start of last month.

Fortunately for the former Manchester City and Aston Villa forward, the Hoops weren’t hindered in either confrontation as they lifted the silverware at Hampden and progressed in the national tournament with a tie against St Johnstone in the last-16 lined up for next month.

Sinclair then blazed over from almost on the goal-line before giving Brendan Rodgers’ team the half-time lead and doubling the advantage after the break. He also lashed what should have been a third goal past Hutton, but was flagged offside despite being played on by TWO defenders.

He then made way in the 69th minute for new Bhoy Timothy Weah who introduced himself with the third goal.

Speaking of the disallowed goal, Sinclair said: “I’ve seen it back and I was miles onside. I was unlucky, but there’s nothing I can do about it now.
“It was as clear as day. I couldn’t believe it because it seemed to me at the time I was at least a couple of yards onside. So, it’s a bit disappointing.

“I missed a couple of opportunities early on, but the thing is, you always get those games. But it is up to me now, with the experience I now have, if you miss a chance or miss a penalty you just get on with it.

“You saw that I just kept going and my goals came.

“For the penalty, the goalkeeper went the right way and made a great save. But the next time I take a penalty I’ll put it away.

“I’ve taken some important penalties since I’ve been here, I can think of numerous occasions. I’ll always step up, I’ve always got that confidence.”

Sinclair is now looking forward to the visit of St Mirren in midweek and added: “I’m still hungry. I just concentrate on my game and keep performing. That’s all I can do.

“The manager has brought in players and it creates good, healthy competition. It keeps everyone on their toes and it makes sure that everyone keeps performing. So, it’s good for everyone.

“That game at Ibrox has gone now, we’ve forgotten that.
“All we can do is look forward to our games. Anything that happened last year, or in the past, is behind us.

“This run is now massive. We’ve got loads of games coming up and it’s about performance. It’s about performing and winning. Every game we go into we must win.”

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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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