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Dream debut for Scott Sinclair as he secures Celtic win Hours after signing winger becomes instant hero

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It took nearly six weeks to get his man, but Brendan Rodgers was rewarded for his dogged pursuit of Scott Sinclair, hours after the winger signed for the Scottish champions.

The former Man City and Aston Villa winger was named on the substitutes bench for Celtic’s opening league clash with Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday, but made his debut in the second half replacing Stuart Armstrong and netted the winner.

He may have done very little in the run-up to the game, but he started the move that finished with him hitting the back of the net. Picking the ball up just outside of Celtic’s own box, Sinclair laid the ball off to Leigh Griffiths who sprinted down the left wing before firing a pinpoint cross into the middle of the box where Sinclair was waiting to slot home.

The cross was to be praised, but the determination and the desire Sinclair showed to keep up with Griffiths and get on the end of the ball has already won over even the most ardent critics in the Celtic support over the amount of money the club forked out for him.

Speaking after the match, Sinclair said: “It is an amazing feeling. I didn’t think I would be involved with the squad but the manager said I was fit. It was great I could come in and score the winner.

“It all happened so fast. I came up Friday night, I only had three hours’ sleep. But I did the scans and bits and pieces and I have made the squad. This is why I came to Celtic – to play games, score goals and start enjoying it again. Hopefully it can continue.”

The Celtic fans were full of praise for their new signing, here is some of the reaction:

The man himself took to twitter to comment on his debut, that goal, the assist from Leigh Griffiths and the fans:

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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