Scott Sinclair England-bound as Preston enter talks with Celtic forward

Date published: Tuesday 7th January 2020 1:56 - Steve Pearson

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Serial trophy-winner Scott Sinclair looks set for a return to England after promotion hopefuls Preston North End are set to begin talks with the Celtic winger.

The forward has amassed an impressive nine trophies while in Glasgow as Celtic completed a remarkable treble of trebles.

Despite his initial success with the club, Sinclair has found his game-time slashes this campaign under Neil Lennon, being afforded just seven appearances totalling a meager 176 minutes.

The former Swansea, Manchester City and Aston Villa player’s last appearance came in the dead rubber Europa League game against Cluj in Romania in December.

Now, according to the PA news agency, ‘the 30-year-old winger is set to make his way from the Hoops winter training camp in Dubai to hold discussions with Deepdale boss Alex Neil.’

With just six months remaining on his current deal and a new contract increasingly unlikely, the time could be right for the Hoops to cash in while they can.

Sinclair was signed by Brendan Rodgers from Villa in August 2016 for a reported £3.5million fee.

He scored a debut winner in the 2-1 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle and became a key part of the Celtic side which won the domestic treble treble.

Preston sit 10th in the Championship and are fighting to earn a play-off spot, but have endured turbulence over recent months.

 

A run of four successive defeats brought their promotion push back down to earth in late November/early December.

A brief recovery with victories over Fulham and Luton Town followed, but the men from Deepdale are currently on a four-game winless run in the division.

Shut out in three of those games, the capture of Sinclair could be the firepower needed to reignite the Lancashire side’s promotion push.

 

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