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Sinclair still in Hoops' plans, says Lennon

 

Goalscorer: Scott Sinclair finds the net against Partick Thistle
Goalscorer: Scott Sinclair finds the net against Partick Thistle

By Ronnie Esplin

Neil Lennon insists Scott Sinclair has still got a role to play at Celtic after the attacker came off the bench to score the fifth goal in the 5-0 Betfred Cup quarter-final thrashing of Partick Thistle at Parkhead on Wednesday night.

Ivorian striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo, one of eight changes made by the Hoops boss, opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Tom Rogic added a second within a minute of the restart.

Midfielder Olivier Ntcham added two goals in seven minutes before Sinclair, a peripheral figure this season, slammed in the final goal on 76 minutes.

Lennon said: "He (Sinclair) is still very much part of the squad. We have seen a good reaction from Scott, he is not a sulker.

"His body language in training is improving all the time. He does what he does best, he came on and made a difference, scored a goal, looked strong."

Hibernian await Celtic in the semi-finals after they drew 0-0 at Kilmarnock before winning 5-4 on penalties. Rangers, who beat Livingston 1-0, will take on Hearts, who saw off Aberdeen 3-0 in another shoot-out after a 2-2 draw. Sam Cosgrove scored both of the Dons' goals in normal time from penalties but then missed in the shoot-out.

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