Celtic boss Neil Lennon has stated that he left Scott Sinclair out of their Champions League qualifier in Romania on Wednesday, because of interest in him from elsewhere.

The Bhoys went to take on Cluj in the Elite European competition, and came away with a creditable 1-1 draw, which makes them favourites to progress in the second leg next week.

Sinclair was a notable absentee from the Celtic team sheet for that clash, and it appears he could have featured for the Glasgow giants for the final time, as a move to England could take place on transfer deadline day.

Sheffield United and Preston North End have been linked with a move for the Bhoys star, who has already spent much of his career south of the border, featuring for Manchester City and Swansea City.

Lennon confirmed that he could be heading back there on Thursday, ahead of the window closing for English clubs on the same day.

“There’s a bit of interest [in Sinclair] but there’s nothing concrete at the minute. That may change in the next 24 hours.” Sky Sports quote him as saying.

Celtic only extended the contract of Sinclair by another year in the summer, so it is quite some fall from grace for him to go from that to being an unused substitute in the demolition of St Johnstone on Saturday, and not to be included at all in Romania.

The 30-year-old could well have featured for the Bhoys for the final time in a spell at Celtic Park which has seen him make 163 appearances in all competitions, finding the net on 61 occasions and contributing to another 36 goals since arriving from Aston Villa in 2016.

He will depart Celtic having played a huge part in one of the most dominating periods in the history of Scottish football.


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