Rodgers claims Scott Sinclair forced Celtic move, as Aston Villa didn't want to sell him

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

Scott Sinclair enjoyed a dream Celtic debut following his move from Aston Villa.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Aston Villa wanted to keep winger Scott Sinclair, but the player forced his move to Scotland.

The Bhoys swooped to land their third signing of the summer on Sunday morning, as winger Sinclair penned a four-year deal and followed defender Kolo Toure and striker Moussa Dembele to Celtic Park in the process.

Aston Villa's Scott SinclairScott Sinclair

The 27-year-old, who thrived under Rodgers at Swansea City having previously worked together in the youth ranks at Chelsea, was surprisingly thrown straight on to the bench as Celtic faced Hearts at Tynecastle as the ink was drying on Sinclair's contract – and it proved to be a dream day for the former Manchester City flop.

With Celtic drawing 1-1 after Jamie Walker's penalty had cancelled out James Forrest's opener, Rodgers threw Sinclair on as a second half substitute, and the winger repaid his manager's faith by scoring the winning goal, turning home Leigh Griffiths' cross from close range.

Scott Sinclair celebrates after scoring the second goal for Aston VillaScott Sinclair celebrates after scoring for Aston Villa

Having already made a huge impact for the club, Sinclair has underlined just why Rodgers was so keen to reunite with the wide man – and it seems that the feelings were reciprocated.

Sinclair's role at Aston Villa looked to be diminishing after Roberto Di Matteo snapped up Ross McCormack from Fulham, but Rodgers has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Villa actually wanted to keep Sinclair at Villa Park.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

However, Rodgers added that Sinclair forced through the move by telling Villa he wanted to leave, with a move to re-join Rodgers no doubt a major factor in Sinclair's decision to push for a transfer.

"I always felt with Scotty you had to get him 50 metres higher up the pitch to help teams and hopefully he can re-create that here at Celtic," said Rodgers. "Aston Villa didn’t really want to lose the player, but Scott made it clear he wanted to leave," he added.

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