Scott Sinclair's Celtic exit overshadowed by Preston boss' Rangers admission
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Scott Sinclair's Celtic exit overshadowed by Preston boss' Rangers admission

Celtic winger Scott Sinclair has left the Glasgow’s east end to sign for Preston North End but his move to the Championship has been overshadowed by Preston boss Alex Neil’s Rangers claim.

The winger completed a permanent move south and, when asked about his achievements in Glasgow, Neil was quick to point out that Celtic didn’t have a strong Rangers to compete with throughout – although the Gers returned to the top flight in the same summer Sinclair joined Celtic.

“Yeah, obviously he was at Celtic and they were by far the dominant team at that stage because Rangers obviously weren’t in the league as well,” Neil told the BBC.

After a decent start for them, Sinclair quickly faded and showed why he’d been bombed out at every other club he’d been at and struggled to get a game over the last year.

Despite Rangers returning to the top-flight the same summer Sinclair arrived in Glasgow, they were returning to a league where Celtic were paying out more in wages than the other 41 professional clubs in Scotland combined.

Given the phenomenal gulf in resources at the time, it’s little surprise that Celtic – and Sinclair – came across as flat-track bullies, but once teams started to close the gap, Sinclair quickly faded into obscurity.

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It’s actually a little surprising that Neil acknowledged that when introducing Sinclair as his club’s latest signing and there’s little question that without a strong Rangers, Celtic had no competition for trophies.

Despite being a Celtic fan himself, Neil will probably spark yet another meltdown as Celtic fans try to convince the world – and themselves – that they are now football’s equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters.