Former Celtic winger Scott Sinclair has finally bagged his first goal for Preston North End – and he’s been getting stick for celebrating it.
Sinclair moved from Parkhead to Preston earlier this month. That came after a frustrating first six months of the season in Glasgow. Sinclair’s last goal before his strike at the weekend came back in September during our 5-0 win over Partick Thistle.
Therefore, his goal in the 1-1 draw against former club Swansea was bound to provide him with some relief. He opened up the scoring on 28 minutes before Rhian Brewster managed a swift equaliser for the Swans.
Yet, Sinclair’s history with the Welsh side has led to him getting stick for celebrating his goal with enthusiasm. Here’s a look at what some were saying about him simply enjoying a first goal for his new club:
Bit of an over celebration from scott Sinclair there #PNESWA
— Jonathan Notman (@jrnotman) February 1, 2020
Slightly over celebration though
— Chris Gillett (@HerbieSquid) February 2, 2020
The Sinclair celebration left a bad taste in my mouth yesterday. Normally it doesn’t bother me but the fact we gave him a chance of first team football and that he didn’t celebrate against Chelsea who just sent him on loan numerous times. It’s not like he left on bad terms #swans
— Dickie 🦢 (@dickiebow81) February 2, 2020
Loved Sinclair for us… knew he would score today, but I would have liked to have seen a more respectful celebration, especially after Clucus last week. I guess it was Sinclair’s first goal for his new club in fairness.
— David Viner (@davidviner) February 1, 2020
Your not supposed to celebrate like that against us your former club , shameful
— Steve Archer (@sas1230) February 3, 2020
Celtic frustrations likely coming out
This was likely nothing to do with any disrespect towards his former club. Sinclair, instead, was most likely just letting loose the frustrations he’s had over the last couple of years at Parkhead.
He only had three goals for the season upon arriving at Preston (Transfermarkt). In addition to that, he had yet to score in any of his first three games for the Championship club.
This is a player who has seen a massive decline in form and a struggle to meet the standards he had previously set. His emotion was there for all to see. It was an incredible strike from Sinclair too, and the quality of the goal must have helped his euphoric celebrations. Have a look at it for yourself below:
Nice goal from Sinclair. pic.twitter.com/MmLh7fYERY
— Li'l Ze (@LilZe85) February 1, 2020
Of course, you can see things from Swansea’s point of view too. Sinclair had played over 90 games for the club and had managed to secure promotion to the Premier League with them too (Transfermarkt). They may have felt that should’ve led to some muted celebrations.
But, in fairness, this idea that players shouldn’t celebrate is total nonsense. If you go to a rival firm and beat the competitor you were previously with, do you not celebrate your achievements with your current workplace? Sinclair owes no loyalty to anyone.
Granted, there are levels. You don’t need to do a Craig Beattie and take your shirt off whilst running around Hampden like an idiot. But Sinclair simply did a run and fist-pump to celebrate his goal at the weekend. It’s hardly criminal, and is a sign of the frustrations he’s had to deal with recently.