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SCOTT SINCLAIR put in a man of the match performance against Hearts at the weekend. When the team needed someone to step up and get among the goals, like he has done so many times this season already – the Englishman delivered.

The focus has been on Moussa Dembele for most of the season with the Frenchman having a standout, breakthrough season in the hoops at such a young age. That has been a big story along with the players future which seemed to have Scotty fade into the background somewhat.

After the three-goal hero joined the ranks of Henrik Larsson, Patsy Gallacher and Jimmy McGrory as players who scored a hat trick the day Celtic won the title, it suddenly dawned on many that we were looking at the real MVP of the season.

While Moussa Dembele’s contributions to the team cannot be seen as anything other than outstanding, it’s the goals and attacking prowess of Sinclair which has helped the team drive forward.

So much so that when Sinclair has his off days there’s a notable difference in the way we play and our ability kill teams off. Just before the international break we spoke of Scotty looking jaded after so many games this season, after all his last proper full season was almost 4 years ago. During these games were the midfielder didn’t look as sharp the team did suffer.

Two weeks off was just what the doctor ordered and when we heard on late Saturday that Dembele and Griffiths wouldn’t make the visit to Tynecasetle there was no doubt in my mind that Scotty would step up and be counted BUT even I didn’t see the hat trick coming!

We put the question to Celtic fans on social media if Scott Sinclair has surpassed Moussa Dembele as Rodgers ‘signing of the season’. Of course, this is not fact and is always open to interpretation – a whopping 82% agreed that the former Swansea man had indeed usurped Moussa as the no.1 signing Brendan has made since he came to Celtic. (Poll still ongoing)

While Scott cost much more than Dembele, his age and maturity has helped us and the players around him push on this year. Brendan Rodgers said at the start of the season that we were very “lucky” to have Scotty here. A Premier League player who had just lost his way in the game after a big money move to City stifled the players progress. Rodgers, who worked with the midfielder at Chelsea and Swansea knew his potential and what he could bring to Celtic’s attacking line.

With all the rumours and news around where Moussa will be beyond the summer we hope many EPL sides overlook Scotty’s resurgence and don’t try to lure him away. He is a massive part of what Rodgers is doing and we hope Scott is here for a long while yet.

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