With numerous credible reports suggesting that Scott Sinclair is heading back to England today to discuss a move to Deepdale, Celtic fans have been bidding farewell to their hero.
⚡ Scott Sinclair ⚡— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) January 7, 2020
Matches – 167
Goals – 62
Assists – 34
Trophies – 10
What a signing, whenever you wore the hoops you gave your all. We're sad to see you go but these incredible moments won't be forgotten.
Thanks for the memories, beautiful, magical 💚🍀@Scotty_Sinclair pic.twitter.com/Cht6o5SSjb
Sinclair has been a massive part of Celtic’s dominance in recent seasons and according to many fans he has been unfairly treated as of late.
The 30-year-old was the only player to score in all competitions of the ‘treble treble’, when Celtic completed a third successive clean sweep of the domestic honours last season.
Signed by Brendan Rodgers for £3.5million in 2016, Sinclair is one of Celtic’s highest earners and with just six months remaining on his current deal, a move away from Celtic Park makes sense.
The links between Sinclair and Preston certainly aren’t fresh, with the Lancashire Post writing in July that Celtic had “knocked back” PNE’s loan enquiry for Sinclair. The Bhoys outlined a £2.5million asking price for their once prized possession.
This season, Neil Lennon has frozen Sinclair out of the side, claiming that competition for Sinclair’s place is rife. The winger clearly isn’t happy with the situation, but would have to be prepared to take a sizeable wage cut if he does move to PR1.
Questions still remain as to the ins and outs of a deal, but it would be an incredible coup for Preston who currently sit just four points off third place in the Championship.
Sinclair would finally fill the Callum Robinson void and could hopefully resolve Preston’s profligacy.
In his three year spell with the Bhoys, the experienced attacker has bagged 62 goals in 167 appearances and many Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to praise Sinclair for his goal-scoring exploits:
Scott Sinclair:— celticbible (@celticbible) January 7, 2020
10 Major Trophies
Celtic Supporters' Player of the Year
Celtic Players' Player of the Year
PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year
SFWA Footballer of the Year
PFA Scotland Team of the Year pic.twitter.com/46eVw8KqUI
Scott Sinclair leaves a Celtic hero, no one could touch him in the Invincible Treble 🍀🍀 pic.twitter.com/nj2wGRkida— Fitzy 🍀 (@Fitzy_072) January 7, 2020
Scott Sinclair was the top goalscorer of the treble treble era. He was unplayable during the invincibles season, got nothing but good memories from him.— Wolfe Of Parkhead 🍀🏴 (@ParkheadWolfe) January 7, 2020
Nothing lasts forever and I wish him well at Preston. He can look back proudly on his Celtic career and what he achieved.
Sad to see Scott Sinclair leave. The way he was treated this season leaves a bad taste. I wish him well and thanks for such great service HH pic.twitter.com/97O0cAXoAS— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) January 7, 2020
Scott Sinclair deserves better 25 goals first season, 18 second season and 17 the next as a winger and people still wanted more, god bless him— Ciaran edelsten (@ciaraned) January 7, 2020
Won’t have a bad word said about Scott Sinclair. Unbelievable for 18 months and key to our invincible treble side.— Liam (@LK95_) January 6, 2020
Treated awfully these last six months and I wish him all the best wherever he ends up.
I will tell my grandkids about the Scott Sinclair of the invincible season pic.twitter.com/JoZWYD9fwT— Oran (@oranstorrie99) January 7, 2020
Clearly a much loved figure at Celtic, Sinclair would be a brilliant addition for promotion hopefuls Preston.