Celtic beat Hearts 2-1 this afternoon with a winning goal from new signing Scott Sinclair.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight with new signing Scott Sinclair after his winning goal helped the Bhoys beat Hearts 2-1 today, as quoted by the club's official Twitter account.
The Bhoys announced earlier today that, after a protracted saga that has rumbled on for weeks, they had finally completed the signing of winger Sinclair from Aston Villa on a four-year deal.
Despite only completing his move this morning, the 27-year-old was named on the bench by Rodgers as Celtic took on Hearts at Tynecastle in their opening game of the new season.
Rodgers' men took the lead in the first half as James Forrest's strike curled into the corner of the net, but a controversial Jamie Walker penalty handed Hearts a contentious equaliser.
Celtic were looking for inspiration to win the game, and they got just that. A blistering counter-attack saw Leigh Griffiths advance down the left and whip a cross into the box, where Sinclair was on hand to tuck the ball into the net and claim all three points.
Sinclair made up considerable ground to get into the box, and kept his cool when presented with the opportunity to score as Rodgers received an immediate return on his investment.
After the final whistle, Rodgers spoke to the club's official Twitter account about Sinclair's display, and stated that it as an 'outstanding' goal that showed off Sinclair's pace and hunger to get into the box and score.
Rodgers added that he couldn't have asked for any more from Sinclair given the lack of sleep he's had this weekend in order to complete his move, but is delighted to have finally got his man again, having worked with Sinclair at Chelsea and Swansea City.
BR on the winning goal: “An outstanding goal. If you track speed of his run, it’s that hunger & desire you see from a great player." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 7, 2016
BR on @Scotty_Sinclair : "Couldn’t have asked for any more, only three hours sleep on Friday night and then travelled up yesterday." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 7, 2016
BR: "I have been trying to get him in for a long time. Know the impact he can have & he knows how I work. He is super fit and fast." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 7, 2016
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