Scott Sinclair thanks Celtic supporters for class Parkhead ovation

By David Walton

July 19, 2021

Scott Sinclair has moved to thank the Celtic supporters who gave him a standing ovation on his Parkhead return on Saturday.

Sinclair was returning to the home of his former club as Preston took to Celtic Park for a friendly. The Englishman started the match and was taken off midway through the second half.

It was at that point he received a strong flurry of support from the 2,000 Parkhead faithful lucky enough to have gained entry.

And Sinclair clearly hasn’t forgotten it as he admitted how grateful he was for the reception he was given.

As quoted by the Herald, Sinclair said: “I loved it. When the fixture was announced, I couldn’t wait to get back and play at Celtic Park again.

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“It was a nice reception. The fans were great. It was unfortunate that there were only 2000. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Anyone going back to a previous club, to get that kind of reception from the supporters is unbelievable.

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“So I’m very grateful to them. It brought back all the great memories I’ve had with Celtic and it’s going to be with me forever. Every single time I come back here, there are great memories.”

Scott Sinclair still to receive the Parkhead thank you he deserves

It was great to see Sinclair feature for such a substantial part of the game on Saturday. Just having him back at Parkhead will have been a throwback to better days for the Celtic faithful.

However, there’s no denying having only 2,000 fans at Celtic Park is hugely underwhelming for the occasion. A player of Sinclair’s ability and contribution to Celtic deserves more of a thank you.

Of course, Covid restrictions have dictated things here. If this is what’s in the best interests of public health then we’ll happily stand by it.

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But Sinclair is due a proper send off. There would’ve been nothing more satisfying than seeing the Preston man come off to a standing ovation from at least a half-full Parkhead.

It’s unlikely we’ll see him back up in a competitive manner in the future. Given the level he’s playing at with Preston, at 32, that may just have been Sinclair’s last Parkhead appearance.

Who knows? Maybe there’ll be another friendly somewhere down the line.

In other news: REPORT: Brighton want to use some of £50m windfall to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard