Scottish League Cup final 2017 Live Stream Watch, TV info. kick off the 2017 Football Live with this Football game. The current year Football Online game. In the , live streaming free games on online.Motherwell vs Celtic : Motherwell vs Celtic Final 2017 Live Team News, Live Stream, TV Info,
Sunday, November 26 at Hampden
Scott Sinclair has been learning on the double about the game north of the border this season, a surprising admission from the Celtic winger who was voted Scotland’s player of the year by his fellow professionals and also the Scottish Football Writers’ Association last time out.
A widespread feeling that Sinclair’s form has shaded is, however, not shared by the 28-year-old from Bath. What has changed following his much-lauded performances in Celtic’s treble-winning season is that opposing clubs have attempted to insure themselves against his depredations from the left flank.
“People can talk about me having lost my form but it’s not the case,” he said, ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final meeting with Motherwell at Hampden Park.
My form is there but I just feel like I have two players on me in every game. Defenders are doubling up on me. That wasn’t happening last season. I’m getting a player standing next to me for the whole game, doing nothing.
“They are making it much harder for me to get on the ball. I’ve got to come up with different things to go forward, create and score goals. I’ve been doing so. The stats are still not too bad but it’s up to me to make more happen.”
The stats are indeed respectable, despite Sinclair’s changed circumstances. Last season he scored 25 goals in 50 club appearances and in the current campaign his return is only just below the 50 per cent mark, with 11 goals from 24 outings.
Despite having constant company for 90 minutes at a time, Sinclair’s is a solitary role, though he admits to wishing that there was the possibility of an exchange of remarks, however desultory, with his markers.
“No one talks to me! Sometimes I want to but I’m so focused when I go on the pitch that I don’t have time to have a laugh and a joke,” he said.
“I come away from the game and talk to my friends and talk about how the defender literally goes everywhere with me. I could go right back and he’d follow me, even if I was in goal.
“I’m always focused and there will always be one moment. He might man-mark me for 89 minutes and then I’ll get away from him and get the goal.”
Sinclair, though, suggested that inclusion in the starting line-up would have been an educational experience. “Yeah, we were playing one of the best teams – they’ll be right up there to win the whole competition, so it’s for us to learn from the best as a team and as individuals.
“I’d say they were better than Barcelona. The way they attack with so much pace, the finishing was so clinical – every time they shot it hit the back of the net.
“The manager pulled me the day before the game in midweek and said ‘Look, I’m going to keep you out of this one.’ Obviously, you want to play in the Champions League and in any game, for that matter.”
Indeed, Sunday’s final offers Sinclair the chance to remedy one of his few disappointments last season because, although he played in every tie in the Betfred Scottish League Cup until the final against Aberdeen, he missed the showpiece occasion because of injury. “I went to the game but to miss a final, you’re devastated,” Sinclair said.
“It would have been my first cup final with the club as well, but that’s behind me now and I’m just looking forward to this one. I managed to get a medal. When you play every game leading up to the final, you feel part of the victory and I think you deserve the medal, even if you miss the final.