WELCOME again to FEEDBACK FRIDAY as we kick off the weekend with the news and views of SCOTZINE readers.
As ever, they hit the target and this week was get the ball rolling with the Scott Sinclair’s continued non-appearance at Celtic which we highlighted in a feature during the week.
The winger was missing again from Neil Lennon’s playing squad for the commendable 1-1 Europa League draw with Rennes in France last night.
It’s the EIGHTH successive game the Englishman hasn’t made the Hoops playing pool on matchday.
It’s a puzzling situation and Scotzine asked the readers for their views on the player who has scored 61 goals during the treble treble seasons after arriving on a £4.5million transfer from Aston Villa in August 2016.
First up is CRAIG ANDERSON who says: “Scott Sinclair, if you look at his career, has only ever flourished under Brendan Rodgers whenever they’ve worked together. Clearly Rodgers gets more out of him than other managers and Neil Lennon perhaps doesn’t work on the same wavelength.
“Would be sad to see him go for nothing, but if they can’t find a role for them, they could be prepared to take the hit.”
GRAHAM DIVERS offered: “I’m bewildered, too. Great player and servant. Astonishing he has been frozen out”
PATRICIA CULLEN chipped in with: “Yes, just what is going on with this man? Makes me sad to think of his treatment. I go almost every week to see the Bhoys at Lennoxtown and Scotty is always the first player in for training , and he always has a kind word for everyone.
“Let’s hope you get back into the squad , you still have lots to offer.”
STEVIE SILVER FOX added: “Celtic can afford to take the hit a they have made many millions in sales of players out in last 10 years. Also, the guy’s done okay with Celtic so they should come and go with him.”
Ed says: It’s certainly a bit of a mystery. Celtic are paying the guy a lot of money to sit in the stand. I could do that for half the pay.
Looking at the tragic passing of Fernando Ricksen following his courageous six-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease, TOMMY GRAHAM said: “To lose Fernando at only 43 is so sad.
“I am not a Rangers fan, but I would like to think I could spot a committed club man and Fernando came across as that.
“It was also nice to see all the clubs united in having their say about this wonderful professional taken from us us far too early. RIP, Fernando.”
Ed says: The great Bill Shankly once said football was more important than life and death. He got that wrong.
And what about the happenings across Glasgow at Firhill? Gary Caldwell is named as Partick Thistle manager in October 2018 after the sacking of Alan Archibald – and club legend Chic Charnley gives his thought s on that in today’s BACK PAGE BULLETIN – and only 10 months later he, too, is handed his P45.
BILL BLACKSTOCK askes: “Which club would axe their manager a week before a national Cup quarter-final?. You are 90 minutes away from a semi-final and you think it is the right time to dispense with the team boss and start looking around for a replacement? Honestly, who would do such a thing?”
Ed says: Partick Thistle.
JOHN THOMPSON leaves us this week with a teaser: “Is the Andy Robertson who plays left-back for Liverpool the same Andy Robertson who plays left-back for Scotland?”
Ed says: Well, they are very similar in looks.
Okay, folks, if YOU have something to get off your chest, a complaint or a compliment, please let us know at Scotzine. We’ll be back next week with the best of your comments. Have a fabulous weekend.