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ENGLISH EYES ON CELT

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SCOTT SINCLAIR has been linked with a last-gasp deadline move to English League One outfit Sunderland.

The 30-year-old Celtic star looks to be on the way out after failing to get a spot in recent Neil Lennon’s squads and was overlooked again for the 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox yesterday.

Sinclair was one of Brendan Rodgers’ first signings for the club when he arrived on a £4.5million transfer from Aston Villa in August 2016 and the Englishman scored 61 goals during the historic treble treble achievement.

However, Lennon has decided to give youth a fling this season and Mikey Johnston has been a consistent performer with Lewis Morgan as back-up. Marian Shved, the £2million Ukrainian, is also waiting in the wings.

Sinclair, who last scored with a cheeky back-heeler in the 3-1 triumph over FK Sarajevo in the Champions League qualifier in Croatia in July, is now being eyed for a possible deadline-day swoop for former St Mirren boss Jack Ross, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo.

Ironically, Morgan, bought for a bargain £300,000 from the Paisley Saints in January 2018, had a spell on loan with the Wearsiders last season.

Now Ross could return to the champions to offer a permanent deal for Sinclair.

The former Chelsea, Swansea and Manchester City attacker has made only four substitute appearances for the Hoops this time out, totalling 66 minutes, as Scotzine pointed out last week.

One stumbling block to any switch to the English third tier could be the player’s wages, believed to be in the region of £30,000-per-week at Lennon’s outfit.

 

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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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