Neil Lennon has offered an update on Scott Sinclair’s future ahead of the January transfer window, and while the Celtic boss does not want to lose the winger, his comments paint a rather bleak picture for the 30-year-old.

Sinclair has not featured for Celtic since a cameo substitute appearance against Hibernian at the end of September, but according to the Daily Record, Lennon responded to a question about a move away for the winger by saying:

I hope not. He will still play a part. We’ve got nine games in December and I imagine Scott will feature in the squad or even the team in some of those games. 

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With Tom Rogic coming back into contention, Scotty has been squeezed out at the minute. I’ve got real competition in those places and Scott’s finding himself out of the picture at the minute.

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While Lennon does suggest that Sinclair may play a part in December for Celtic, his comments are hardly inspiring for the winger. 

The fact that he has only made six substitute appearances all season and is yet to start a game suggests he is surplus to requirements under Lennon, and despite a congested run ahead, the Celtic boss still cannot guarantee a run of games for him.

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Sinclair therefore is one of the clubs highest earners on around £30,000-a-week but he still can’t get a look in, suggesting it may be wise for both parties to look for a January departure, despite Lennon’s comments.

The winger would be able to move to a club where he will have guaranteed first-team football, while Celtic would have freed up a huge chunk of wages to spend on future transfer targets.