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Predicting Preston decision on Scott Sinclair as former Celtic hero faces anxious contract wait

Preston have just five games left this season and a decision on the futures of players like Scott Sinclair will be coming in the near future.

North End swooped to sign Sinclair in January 2020, completing something of a coup as the wide man decided to leave Celtic.

Sinclair was a hero at Parkhead having smashed 62 goals in 167 games for the Bhoys, helping win three successive trebles.

That will put Sinclair in Celtic folklore forever but he hasn’t quite enjoyed the same success at Preston.

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Sinclair managed a respectable 12 goals in 54 games before the start of this season, but this term has been difficult.

Preston have mostly played a 3-5-2 or some variation this season, meaning Sinclair hasn’t really had a role in the team.

Primarily a winger, Sinclair has ended up being shoved in as a left wing back or striker with limited success.

Sinclair has started just six league games this season without scoring or bagging an assist and has managed just 126 minutes of league action since the end of the January window.

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This summer, Sinclair will be able to walk away from Preston as a free agent.

It looks like Ryan Lowe is now planning for life without Sinclair and it would be a surprise to see him play a key role in the final five games.

Sinclair was a rare case of a big-name signing for Preston, but it just hasn’t quite revolutionised the side as we expected.

We can only thank Sinclair for his efforts with Preston as it seems incredibly unlikely he will be here next season, with Lowe no doubt looking to invest Sinclair’s wages in new recruits.

Prediction: Preston decide to move on from Sinclair at the end of his contract, allowing him to become a free agent.

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