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  • Scott Sinclair sets his sights on 2018 in this week’s Celtic View

    Scott Sinclair sets his sights on 2018 in this week’s Celtic View

    By: Tony Connelly on 03 Jan, 2018 16:59

  • AS Celtic take up a well-earned rest during the winter break, Scott Sinclair and his team-mates have the opportunity to briefly pause and reflect on what has been a truly historic year for the six-in-a-row champions before resuming their quest for a second successive treble.

    It was a busy year for Brendan Rodgers’ side who played a remarkable 61 competitive games in the 2017 calendar year. After rounding off the year with just one domestic loss, the squad were given a week off before beginning their warm-weather training camp in Dubai.

    By the summer, Brendan Rodgers’ Celts completed the fourth treble of the club’s history and did so without tasting a single defeat. They then qualified for the Champions League group stages for the second successive season and lifted their fourth trophy after defeating Motherwell in the League Cup final.

    Such accomplishments are intangible dreams for many professional footballers but Sinclair and his team-mates brought them to life in 2017 and now have the chance to look back on what they have accomplished.

    “It’s been a good year,” said Sinclair in an exclusive interview with this week's Celtic View. “We’ve been playing well and winning in style. There were some disappointments here and there, such as the unbeaten run coming to an end. But our main priority is winning trophies and in that respect we couldn’t have accomplished more, so we can take pride in that.

    “When we started this journey 18 months ago, we never set out to be unbeaten. That wasn’t our focus. We set ourselves targets and we worked towards them gradually while ensuring our focus was always on our current opponent.

    “To achieve that and to do it without being defeated is something we can all be really proud of. We surpassed a record which has been untouched for 100 years. That’s amazing and it’s something we can cherish.”

    Sinclair and his team-mates surpassed the 62-game unbeaten run set by Willie Maley’s Celtic side and cemented a new record of 69 games. The feat may never be repeated again and now that it has been recorded in the history books, the team is hungry to win every game.

    “During the unbeaten run we drew some games that we should have won,” admitted Sinclair. “The significance of the record meant that those kind of games were looked at in terms of us still being unbeaten. That doesn’t satisfy the desire of this team, though, as we want to win every match.

    “Now that the record is set, if we get a draw against a team we should be beating we’re disappointed and it feels like a loss. Moving forward, we feel like we’re getting back to how things were before in winning games and picking up points by dominating games.”

    For the full interview with Scott Sinclair, see this week’s Celtic View, out Thursday, January 4.

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