Preston North End boss Alex Neil has told iFollow that he thought Scott Sinclair just wasn’t quite in the game enough during the 1-1 draw with Luton Town.

Sinclair opened the scoring for North End with a superb goal. He latched onto Tom Barkhuizen’s pass before finishing low into the corner of the net, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

That was the winger’s second goal in a Preston shirt since signing from Celtic in January, and it looked like his goal would give North End all three points at Kenilworth Road.

Preston North End’s Scott Sinclair (right) celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with team mate Sean Maguire. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)


However, there was a sting in the tail for Preston as Callum McManaman fired home a superb equaliser late in the day, giving Luton a share of the spoils.

Fans will at least be buoyed by Sinclair finding the net. He scored in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley, and then followed that up with another goal at Luton.

The 31-year-old understandably took a little while to get going. He barely featured for Celtic in the first half of the season, and was even consigned to training with the Bhoys’ youth team in pre-season.

Preston North End’s Scott Sinclair in action against Luton Town. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

North End wiill be hoping that the winger can now hit top form and provide a cutting edge. Preston’s other attackers look a little toothless at the moment, so Sinclair stepping up would be welcome.

Alex Neil was honest about Sinclair’s performance against Luton though. He admitted that Sinclair is ‘dangerous’ and looked a real threat when he did get the ball against Luton, but he just wasn’t involved quite enough considering his quality.

“He’s dangerous, Scotty, he just wasn’t in the game enough for me at times,” said Neil. “But what you can see is, when we do get him into the game and he gets in behind in particular, he’s a real threat. I thought his goal was a great tidy finish,” he added.

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