Celtic have an unexpected admirer and a former player who would’ve been something of a coup if he had got his wish to make the move north and star in the famous green and white hoops.
“I would have loved to have played for Celtic, given the opportunity.
“Especially when I left Manchester City (in 2007), I had a fantastic year at Cardiff City, we got to the FA Cup Final but I feel if I had been shown some sort of interest from Celtic then I would definitely gone up north.
“I just feel with Twitter and social media platforms that you get the chance to say what you feel and I didn’t get that in 2007, I didn’t get the chance to put it out there.
“I’ve loved Celtic through a connection with my dad, who is from Glasgow and my mum, who is from southern Ireland. It was the only choice for me to support Celtic.”
Sinclair played a huge part in England getting to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002 and despite only making 12 caps in total, he had a stellar career in the Premier League and will largely be remembered for a spectacular overhead kick scored for QPR when he was first breaking through on the big stage.
Although some players see Scottish football as a retirement home, Sinclair’s professionalism, pace and athleticism added to a technical ability that is rarely seen north of the border he undoubtedly would’ve been a success, even in his twilight years as a player.
Celtic fans can chalk Sinclair’s disappointment up as one that got away, although they managed ok without him in 2007/08 as they secured the Scottish Premiership trophy denying Rangers a treble in the process – every cloud and all that.