Celtic return is an exciting one for Preston North End winger Scott Sinclair

Preston North End’s visit to Celtic was always going to be the pre-season clash which stood out for Scott Sinclair.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 4:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th July 2021, 5:24 pm

The Lilywhites head to Glasgow on Saturday teatime (5.30pm) and for Sinclair it will be the return to the club where he enjoyed so much success.

He scored 62 goals for Celtic in a three-and-a-half year stay as they dominated the Scottish game.

It was from Celtic that North End signed him in January 2020.

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Preston North End winger Scott Sinclair in his Celtic days
Preston North End winger Scott Sinclair in his Celtic days

The list of highlights from his time north of the border is too long for 32-year-old Sinclair to break down into individual matches.

Silverware came thick and fast, with him a firm favourite of the Celtic faithful – they had their own chant for him based on Supertramp’s ‘Logical Song’ tune.

Sinclair told the Lancashire Post: “Just off the top of my head there are so many game and goals which are memorable.

“It would be too difficult to pick one moment and say that was the best.

“I’m talking about the European nights through to the Old Firm games, there are so many good memories of what we achieved as a team.”

Sinclair went to Scotland in August 2016, Brendan Rodgers who had managed him at Swansea, offering him the chance.

“I always knew how big the club was and I knew Brendan very well,” said Sinclair.

“To be honest I didn’t need much persuading to go up there and it was to prove a great few years.

“On Saturday it will be good to go back and see a few of the old faces.”

North End have been in Scotland for the last few days, with them based at St Andrew’s.

They drew 1-1 with St Johnstone on Tuesday night, and the Celtic game will bring their stay to an end.

Sinclair was a second-half sub in the St Johnstone game, so is likely to start at Celtic Park.

As Frankie McAvoy tries to get the squad an even amount of game time, the PNE head coach will want those who played 30 minutes in midweek to get an hour on Saturday.

Sinclair has enjoyed the time in Scotland, a training camp something which last year’s shortened pre-season prevented happening.

“It’s nice to come away together, you can put some foundations in place which you can then build on during the season,” said Sinclair.

“We’ve trained hard, and on Wednesday afternoon we had some down time in which some of the lads played golf.”