SCOTT SINCLAIR has quit Celtic after agreeing a two-and-a-half-year with Championship side Preston.
The English attacker, who cost £4.5million when he joined from Aston Villa in August 2016 as one of Brendan Rodgers’ first purchases for the Hoops, left for an undisclosed fee.
Sinclair had sat out the Parkhead side’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai because he was on the brink of a return to English football with Deepdale boss Alex Neil pushing for a deal to be put in place before the weekend fixtures.
The 30-year-old former Chelsea, Swansea and Manchester City star scored 62 goals in 167 appearances for the Hoops and became a firm favourite with the fans.
Sinclair was one of the highest-paid players at Parkhead and was believed to be on a basic £33,000-per-week. He was due to become a free agent when his contract expired in June.
Speaking on the North End website, the one-time England international 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.”
Gaffer Neil, the former Hamilton Accies manager, added: “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 could make his debut against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday.