There’s no doubting what Preston fans are talking about today; Scott Sinclair’s potential move to Deepdale.
Rumours on social media on Monday seemed a little pie-in-the-sky, but this one seems to have legs. The Daily Record claimed last night that Sinclair was leaving Celtic’s training base in Dubai for talks with Preston.
The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath added that Sinclair is set for a medical with Preston, and the Lancashire Post have now backed up all the claims about Sinclair heading to Preston.
It seems that Sinclair’s move to Deepdale should be done in time to face Blackburn Rovers this weekend, in what is a huge statement of intent from North End.
Sinclair may be 30, and may have only played seven games for Celtic this season having fallen out of favour under Lennon, but he’s a player who can provide a bit of magic in the final third.
With a huge 62 goals and 34 assists in 167 appearances for Celtic, as well as three successive trebles, Sinclair has been a hero at Parkhead, and Preston will hope he can bring that productivity and winning mentality to Deepdale.
After three-and-a-half successful years at Celtic, it’s no great surprise to see the plaudits coming in for Sinclair. Pundit John Hartson has taken to Twitter to offer his take on Sinclair, suggesting that a departure is good for all parties.
If Scott Sinclair was to leave he was good for Celtic and Celtic was good for Sinclair.. Rodgers took him from Villa when he wasn’t a regular. Got him playing well. He’s better moving on as he is down the pecking order of starting games. Expect a few additions in this window. 🍀
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) January 7, 2020
Hartson feels that Sinclair is better moving on now he’s down the Celtic pecking order, but looked back fondly on his time under Brendan Rodgers.
Additionally, Celtic captain Scott Brown has offered comments to Sky Sports News (13:10) about Sinclair, praising his ‘phenomenal’ time with the club.
Brown added that Sinclair has been a great professional, but the move makes sense for him in terms of playing time and being closer to home in Cheshire with his family.
“Scotty has been phenomenal, I saw him this morning and he’s been great as well,” said Brown. “We will see if that happens [his move to Preston]. He has been a great pro as well. The first couple of seasons, he was fantastic with the goals he scored and his running power. It will be a sad miss to see him go. But on another side, he is probably thinking about game time as well for himself and it’s closer to home,” he added.