Hope for Celtic’s forgotten man as Europa League squad confirmed

Scott Sinclair has been named in Celtic’s Europa League squad for the matches against Lazio, Cluj and Rennes.

The experienced winger makes the cut along with new Bhoys Christopher Jullien, Greg Taylor, Moritz Bauer, Boli Bolingoli, Hatem Elhamed and Mohamed Elyounoussi, while the returning Fraser Forster is also included.

Sinclair had been tipped for an exit in the summer but he might take heart at this latest move.

It follows on from Neil Lennon namechecking him as a better option than Ryan Kent as he dismissed any notion of a bid for the ex-Liverpool star.

With Mikey Johnston pulling out of the Scotland squad through injury, Sinclair might begin to see a way back into the matchday squad.

Craig Gordon and Scott Bain are named despite the return of Forster.

New signings Luca Connell, Lee O’Connor, Jeremie Frimpong and Jonathan Afolabi are among those who miss out.

Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ayer are included on the 14-man B list (players denoted by an asterisk).

The full 37-man squad, including the B list, is:
Craig Gordon, Scott Bain, Ryan Mullen*, Conor Hazard*, Fraser Forster

Christopher Jullien, Greg Taylor, Jozo Šimunović, Moritz Bauer, Boli Bolingoli, Hatem Elhamed, Kerr McInroy*

Nir Bitton, Scott Brown, Scott Sinclair, Lewis Morgan, Tom Rogic, Olivier Ntcham, Kristoffer Ajer*, Barry Coffey*, Scott Robertson*, Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Paul Kennedy*, Mark Hill*, David Mckay*

Leigh Griffiths, Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Jonny Hayes, Ryan Christie, Michael Johnston*, Marian Shved, Odsonne Edouard*, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Calvin Miller*, Grant Savoury*, Karamoko Dembele*

Players not on either list include Jack Hendry, Eboué Kouassi, Luca Connell, Eboué Kouassi and Daniel Arzani.

Scott Sinclair Celtic
Sinclair has been named in Europa League squad

Who can be on List A?

A maximum of 25 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers. There are a minimum of eight places reserved exclusively for ‘locally trained players’. If a club have fewer than eight locally trained players in their squad, then the maximum number of players on List A is reduced accordingly.

What’s a ‘locally trained player’?

There are two categories:
1. Club-trained players – players who were on a club’s books for three years between the ages of 15 and 21;

2. Association-trained players – players who were on another club’s books in the same association for three years between the ages of 15 and 21. No club can have more than four association-trained players among their eight ‘local’ nominees on List A.

What is List B?

A player may be registered on List B if he is born on, or after, 1 January 1998 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday (players aged 16 may be submitted if they have been registered with the club for the previous two years). Clubs are entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season, but the list must be submitted by no later than 24:00CET the day before a match.

A & B list info from UEFA website.


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