Preston are gearing up for Saturday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers, and they have a new face in the ranks.

North End secured the signing of winger Scott Sinclair on Wednesday night, landing the Celtic man on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The 30-year-old has been a long-term target for Alex Neil, and he’s finally got his man.

Sinclair brings proven quality to Deepdale, having hit 62 goals in 167 games for Celtic, whilst his pedigree is outstanding having turned out for massive clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Celtic.

Celtic’s Scott Sinclair. (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)


He looks to be the ideal replacement for Callum Robinson on the left flank, where he can cut inside to score and create, with North End missing somebody with his end product.

Preston fans have celebrated the signing, believing it’s the big statement North End needed to make. Of course, there’s now major excitement surrounding his potential debut this weekend.

Sinclair would be coming straight into a Lancashire derby with Blackburn Rovers, which is quite the game to make your debut in. He may be hoping for a similar impact to his Celtic debut; Sinclair came off the bench to score the winner against Hearts in 2016, just hours after signing for Celtic.

Scott Sinclair of Celtic. (Photo by Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Now, BBC Radio Lancashire have asked Neil whether Sinclair will be in contention to make an immediate debut against Blackburn, and the Preston boss confirmed the winger’s inclusion is possible despite a lack of playing time for Celtic this season; Sinclair has only played seven times this term.

Neil wanted to get a look at Sinclair in training first, but said Sinclair will ‘of course’ be in contention for the big game, which would certainly give North End a boost in the final third.

“Yeah, of course he will be,” said Neil. “Obviously we’ll have a look at him in training this morning, see where he is, then we’ll come up with the best decision for the game in terms of what we choose to do,” he added.

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