07 January 2020 20:39
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from accrington - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Preston North End look set to make their first move in the January transfer window, with the signing of Celtic forward Scott Sinclair. The 30-year-old was absent from Celtic's training camp in Dubai on Tuesday, with a flight back to the UK to meet PNE the reason. Sinclair has enjoyed three decorated years with the Scottish giants and leaves a history maker, having scored in all competitions of their famous treble-treble. He scored 62 goals in 167 games, won ten major trophies and scored in four matches against Rangers in a single season. But Sinclair has found regular game-time difficult to come by this season under Neil Lennon, having played only seven times.
And with PNE in need of a bit more guile at the top end of the pitch, a move makes sense for both parties. Here we take a look at what exactly Preston will gain with his signature. Quality Everyone has their own opinions on the Scottish Premier League, but Sinclair's numbers don't lie and at 30-years-old he has plenty left in the tank. Without tempting fate, a lot of this feels similar to when PNE signed Aiden McGeady - plenty of people felt the Irishman's best days were behind him and look what he went on to do. He was in a league of his own. If it does go through, Sinclair will be Alex Neil's first real big name signing and it'd be down to the PNE boss to get the best out of a player that has played on the biggest stages. Excitement It's not quite a proven Championship signing, but it's not far off. Sinclair scored a hat-trick in the Play-Off final nine years ago, scoring 19 goals that season which earned him a move to Manchester City in 2012. He lost his way for a couple of years in the Premier League after that, but a move to Celtic in 2016 reignited him and Sinclair was loved up in Glasgow. It'll be interesting to see if a move to the second tier does that once again. Likability You only have to look at the Celtic fans' reaction when the rumours started to circulate. Sinclair made a huge impression during his time with the Hoops - the compliments, praise and appreciation piled in on social media from Celtic supporters. (Image: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) His attitude, work rate and commitment as well as his incredible first season is what made him so popular and Sinclair seems the sort of character that will fit right in at Deepdale. He's been there before at this level, as the young kid that's desperate to make his mark and having gone on to do just that, he'll relate to a lot PNE's younger players. Goal threat Of Celtic's 397 goals across their treble-treble, Sinclair was involved in 34% of them (134). Henrik Larsson is the only other player to score against Rangers in four games, in one season. While the last year has been frustrating for Sinclair, this could be the change he needs. A move back to the England, a chance to prove himself once again and show what he's capable of as PNE look to push on for a top six finish. Width Alex Neil has mentioned Callum Robinson's departure at times this season after certain results and it's clear that Preston have lacked a natural, goal scoring winger. Andre Green failed to break into the side and if Sinclair's move goes through, he ticks a lot of boxes. He would surely slot straight in on the left wing. Oh, and he's got a cracking chant too.