FORMER Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan thinks Scott Sinclair has been dumped by Celtic following an incident at Lennoxtown.

The ex-England Under-21 forward, who now works with BBC Radio Leeds, is quoted in Football Insider as saying something must have happened off the field to see the winger removed from Neil Lennon’s match day squads.

Whelan, who also played for Leeds, Coventry City, Derby and Livingston, said: “There’s been a fall-out at the training ground, or something’s happened at the training ground.

“That’s the only explanation, really, that I can think of.

“Yes, Celtic have started the season very well, but Scott Sinclair is easily good enough to get in their squad and, in the team as well, when he’s fit and firing.

“Just look at his record under Brendan Rodgers. He was superb and won the Scottish Player of the Year.”

HOOPY DAYS…Scott Sinclair with the Scottish Cup at Hampden in May. Things have changed this season, though.

Sinclair has not started a competitive game for the Hoops this season and has played only 66 minutes of first-team action.

Scotzine featured the former Chelsea, Swansea City and Manchester City star’s plight last week. He has come off the champions’ radar after three years of top-team service following his £4.5million arrival from Aston Villa in August 2016.

Sinclair made an immediate impact by scoring the winning goal – one of 61 over the three-season period – against Hearts at Tynecastle only 24 hours after his switch across the border.

He started the friendly against Rennes at Parkhead in July, but has faded from the first team picture at a rapid rate.

It is highly unlikely he will be utilised against Partick Thistle in the Betfred League Cup quarter-final at Parkhead tomorrow night.

Sinclair is in the last year of a lucrative contract – believed to be around £30,000-per-week – and will be free to talk to interested clubs in January and agree a pre-contract.

That will allow the 30-year-old winger to follow the example of Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig and walk away from the club for nothing at the end of the season.

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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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