SCOTT SINCLAIR is a man very much on the periphery of the squad at the moment. The Englishman has yet to start a game under Neil Lennon this term and is even behind Lewis Morgan in the pecking order.
It seems strange in hindsight the club and Neil Lennon triggered an extra year in his Celtic deal to keep the player at Parkhead this season. It’s not so strange if you subscribe to the theory Celtic triggered the wingers £1.7m per year contract [according to Sunsport] just so they could get a fee for the player before the window closed.
As it transpired, Scott Sinclair was left out of the Cluj side as there was interest in the player from the Premier League right before their window closed. Scotty was expected to move on but on deadline day, nothing materialised and the player stayed put.
Since then, the player has only had a cameo role against Motherwell and made more headlines for arguing with the groundsman than playing in the game.
It looks like Celtic’s gamble on punting Sinclair this summer hasn’t paid off and has come back to bite a board who should be treating the player with a bit more respect.
Financially, how costly has their decision to trigger Sinclair’s contract been?
The midfielder hs played just 56 minutes of football for Celtic in all competitive competitions. His new contract has been running since July 1st and if we take the widely reported £1.7m figure we can estimate it’s cost Celtic £5837 per minute so far this season. This figure will rise the more Scotty is paid not to play.
In general terms, his contract gives him an estimate of £4670 per day regardless. That’s over £32k per week and over £130k per month.
The crazy thing is, while that may be more than Celtic should be paying for a fringe player, he still has something to offer the team. Will Neil Lennon bring the experienced midfielder back or will he be exiled until January in the hope they can recoup the money they’re paying out for Scott until the end of December?