North End made us wait, but finally the news is official – Scott Sinclair is a Preston player.

Since Monday, rumours have been flying around that Sinclair was Preston-bound. Sinclair ended up leaving Celtic’s training camp in Dubai to come and have his Preston medical, leaving fans waiting for the confirmation.

It looked like Preston were going to wait until Thursday to announce the move, but instead chose to break the news at 10pm tonight, presenting Sinclair as a North End player.

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


The 30-year-old wide man has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Deepdale, taking the number 31 shirt. He’ll now be in line for a debut at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, though his lack of playing time this season may mean a place on the bench for the former Manchester City man.

Sinclair will hopefully add the quality and experience that North End need in the final third, and it’s fair to say that Preston fans are more excited by this signing than any other in recent years.

After three-and-a-half years at Celtic, in which he scored 62 goals in 167 games and won three straight trebles, Sinclair has decided to return to Parkhead – and offered comments on his move.

Speaking to North End’s official website, Sinclair admitted he is delighted to seal the move, revealing that conversations with boss Alex Neil about tactics and training convinced him to make the move, and set his sights on promotion.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil . (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“I am so delighted to get the deal done. I have been waiting to finally get down here to sign and I can’t wait to get started and to finally meet the lads,” said Sinclair. “I spoke to the manager before I came and he spoke about training, about the tactics and I like where the club is heading – he persuaded me to come and I am so happy. I have had a fantastic three-and-half-years with Celtic, we did the treble-treble, I got the PFA player of the year, scored goals and was top goalscorer, but now it is a new chapter for me. I am coming here to improve and to help the team push for promotion,” he added.

Boss Neil added his own comments, believing that Sinclair has the knowhow in the final third to take Preston forward, and celebrated finally signing Sinclair having targeted him back in July.

“I am delighted [to sign Scott]. The season until this point has been good, in terms of getting us into that top six contention, but we have needed to strengthen and add a little bit of knowhow and experience in certain areas. Scott is someone we have been interested in, and we have coveted before, and now that we have got him across the line, I am hoping that he will add that bit of quality and experience that we need,” said Neil

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