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  • Scott Sinclair all set as Celtic return to action this Saturday

    Scott Sinclair all set as Celtic return to action this Saturday

    By: Mark Henderson on 11 Oct, 2017 13:21

  • SCOTT Sinclair would have loved to have been away with England during the recent international round of fixtures and played a part in their successful qualification to the World Cup finals in Russia.

    Yet again, however, despite the winger’s sensational form for Celtic, a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad was not forthcoming. England’s loss is certainly Celtic’s gain.

    As most of the Hoops first-team jetted across the world to represent their respective countries, the 28-year-old remained behind at Lennoxtown with a handful of his colleagues before being given some extended time off to recharge his batteries.

    For Sinclair, it was a timely break, given his exertions in September when he played seven times in just 22 days as the Bhoys battled on three fronts – the Scottish Premiership, the League Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

    And he told this week’s Celtic View that he will return to action this week reinvigorated and hungry to fire Celtic to more success during this next tranche of fixtures.

    “There are so many games coming up thick and fast so it’s good to get your rest time in when you can and then when you come back you are ready to go again every Saturday and Wednesday for the next month,” said the Englishman in an exclusive interview.

    “Obviously I would have loved to have been away with England and hopefully that call comes very soon, but at the moment I am enjoying my time off and when I get this down-time and my few days away I enjoy it.

    “The upside of not going away on international duty is having time to relax and get my energy back and coming back in ready to go in again. I always take these times off and I think it works. It allows you to recharge a bit of both – mentally and physically – and it’s nice to spend time with your family.

    “When you have that three or four days off, it does help.  Once we all come back - the international boys and those who have been here in training - we will all be ready to go again.”

    Given Brendan Rodgers’ side went into the international break on the back of a Glasgow derby win at Ibrox, a magnificent 3-0 Champions League victory away to Anderlecht and hard-fought 2-2 draw at home to Hibernian, Sinclair felt the shutdown had arrived at an opportune moment for the Bhoys.

    “It’s always the case, regardless of the game, whether that’s the league, the Champions League or the cups – they are always tough games,” he said. “Coming off the back of the Rangers game, which is highly emotional for all the fans and everyone involved at Celtic, and then going away to Anderlecht to win our first away game in the Champions League, before coming home to play Hibs takes its toll.

    "Then we had the break to energise ourselves and while some players will be on international duty, it’s a time to reflect and come back stronger.”

    For the full interview with Scott Sinclair, see this week’s Celtic View, out now.

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