Neil Lennon’s Ryan Kent slapdown gives Celtic star glimmer of hope

Neil Lennon has dropped a hint that the door might be open to a return for frozen out winger Scott Sinclair.

Speaking in the Record, Lennon suggested the winger could be part of his plans as he slapped down a suggestion that he might have been interested in signing Ryan Kent.

The Ibrox club hit the panic button after Sunday’s defeat and self-inflicted injury to Jordan Jones to sign Kent on a permanent deal after last season’s loan spell.

Asked on whether he might have made a move for the player to get one over on Gerrard, Lennon was having none of it.

He said: “No. Why would I? I have Mikey Johnston, I have Forrest I have Shved, I’ve got Elyounoussi, Sinclair and Hayes. I’ve got Morgan. So we’re covered in that area.”

Lennon’s comments will perhaps signal light at the end of the tunnel for a player who been a vital part of the treble Treble run.

With the transfer window closing and Sinclair remaining at the club on a high wage, it would surely be in everyone’s interests to have the experienced Englishman available for selection.

At Ibrox, Kent’s transfer will cost a reported at £7m but financially limitations mean they could only find £2m to pay up front, with the rest to come in instalments.

Fans will have to stump up for the privilege of seeing the wide man, who managed to score half a dozen goals last season. Their Europa League league package is on sale for £111, a massive £39 more than Celtic’s three-match package for £72.

Non-season ticket holders will be further fleeced, with the price rising to £123.

It may be that, rather than covering the cost for Kent, however, the club is making the fans pay through the nose for two partial stadium closures for racist and sectarian chanting.

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