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Preston’s promotion hopes get a big boost as club confirms ambitious deal

Former Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair has returned to English football with Championship side Preston North End, reported Sky Sports.

Sinclair spent three and a half years at Scottish club Celtic, scoring 62 goals in 167 appearances.

He missed Celtic’s warm weather training camp in Dubai in order to complete a move to Deepdale.

The 30-year-old has had spells in the Premier League with Chelsea and Aston Villa while also gaining promotion to the top tier with Swansea City in 2011.

Sinclair is hoping that he can achieve the same feat again with Preston who currently sit in 10th place, only two points behind the sixth and final playoff spot.

Speaking to the club’s website, Sinclair said: “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.

“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.”

Preston boss Alex Neil also expressed his views on Sinclair’s signing and how he could help the team.

“I am delighted. 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 know-how 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.”

Sinclair, whose contract at Celtic Park had only six months left on it, had made only two appearances in the Scottish Premiership all season.

Preston have signed Sinclair on a two and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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