Celtic forward Scott Sinclair has finally sealed his return down south and signed for Preston North End on a two and a half year contract as reported by the BBC Sport website.
Sinclair had been allowed to leave the Hoops training camp in Dubai to secure the move and initial rumours were that Preston were keen to sign the versatile forward on loan but as he was willing to take a pay cut to end his time at Parkhead he has been able to make his departure permanent.
There have been no details released about the transfer fee other than that it is “undisclosed” as reported by Sky Sports, with Sinclair being out of contract in the summer and nearly 31-years-old it is unlikely to have been a sizeable fee, especially given how far out of the first team picture the Englishman was at Paradise.
Celtic have done the right thing by cutting their losses with Sinclair, after extending his contract last May and then trying to sell him in the summer, it never looked a harmonious relationship from the outset of this season as the forward was a peripheral figure making just 7 appearances.
Even when there was a striking “crisis”, Sinclair failed to make the starting line-up with Neil Lennon preferring Lewis Morgan, a sad way for a player with 62 goals in 167 appearances to end his career at Paradise.
Sinclair won every domestic trophy that he competed for in his time at the club and was always one of Brendan Rodgers’ go to men but Lennon, from the outset, never seemed to fully trust him.
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He will now look to make up for lost time as he leaves with Hoops fans’ best wishes given the sizeable contribution he made towards the recent domestic dominance that their club has enjoyed.