Scott Sinclair excited for Celtic Park return with Preston North End

By Euan Davidson

May 29, 2021

Scott Sinclair, officially “so wonderful”, will return to Celtic Park this summer.

Not that he’s signing for us again, no. Now a member of Preston North End, the former Celtic winger will be gracing the hallowed turf in a pre-season match between his current club and the Bhoys.

Celtic confirmed the friendly earlier this week [Celtic FC], alongside a training camp in Wales from July 5th to the 14th. Preston, formerly managed by one-time Celtic managerial candidate Alex Neil, are now looking to a new era under another Scottish head coach, Frankie McAvoy [PNE].

Sinclair, who didn’t get the send-off he deserved from Celtic, told Preston’s in-house media [PNE]:

“When it was announced I was obviously really excited to go back. I have some great memories of being at Celtic so it’s always nice to go back to former clubs and play against them.

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“It’s one of my best times, one of the happiest times of my career so far, just because we were winning every game and winning trophies, league titles and the Scottish Cup. When we went the first season unbeaten, we made history.

“I haven’t been back so I’m looking forward to it. I have never looked forward to a pre-season game against a team so much, so it’ll be nice to go back up there and soak in the atmosphere. Hopefully the fans will be back in and just enjoy it because I didn’t really get a send-off from the fans when I left in January [2020].”

Scott Sinclair and Scott Brown (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Sinclair, who managed a fantastic 62 goals and 34 assists for Celtic, was a masterstroke of a signing by Brendan Rodgers. Having endured a difficult spell at Aston Villa, and riding the bench at Manchester City, it seemed a coup to land a former England youth international. Not least one with the materials to make an impact in Scotland.

And what an impact he made. In the end, Sinclair left Celtic having won every domestic trophy he ever competed for. His pace, dynamism and shooting made excellent foil for Moussa Dembele. With James Forrest or Patrick Roberts patrolling the other wing, Celtic were outstanding.

Sinclair continued [PNE]:

“I have unbelievable memories there. I hope that all the fans will be allowed back in at the time when pre-season happens.

“With the treble treble and myself getting Player of the Year, and given what we did as a team, it was a great three and a half years.

“I feel like I left on a good note with the fans and I’m sure they’d give me a good reception if they’re watching and they’re in, so it’ll be a great day. For a pre-season friendly, you couldn’t ask for a better club to play against.

“They’re a great side. Obviously they didn’t get the title this season, but the main thing for them is to rebuild and I’m sure they’ll have a better season next year.”

Here’s hoping, mate.

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