Scott Sinclair marked his debut for Celtic by scoring the winner against Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle on Sunday.
With his transfer finally over the line, Scott Sinclair found a place on the bench as Celtic began their Scottish Premiership title defence away at Hearts.
Just after the hour mark, Sinclair got his chance. And just 20 minutes later Brendan Rodgers’ substitution paid dividends and conjured the pivotal moment of the match.
A home corner eventually fell to Sinclair on the edge of the box, turning and finding Leigh Griffiths superbly. Bursting clear on the left and beating two men, the No.9 in green and white found Sinclair with a ball across goal.
The new signing, who stole in front of the Hearts defence to slide the ball past Jack Hamilton, had sprinted from his box to the other in a free-flowing move.
Jubilation surged as the winger celebrated passionately in front of his new fans, who will enjoy seeing Sinclair return to his best at their special club.
Brendan Rodgers had identified Sinclair has a target ever since stepping through the door at Parkhead and will help the player get his career back on track.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers has known Sinclair for over 10 years and has had a massive influence on the Englishman — he was part of his youth side at Chelsea and was one of the manager's first signings at Swansea City. The 27 goals over two seasons for the Welsh side in the top two divisions under Rodgers got him a big money move to Manchester City.
From there Sinclair’s career stalled. Though, still only 27 years old, he has plenty of time to show his forgotten qualities once more. There is a reason Aston Villa didn’t want to lose him, yet when he knew Celtic and Rodgers were interested he made it clear he wanted to leave.
Sinclair will join the game coming off the left with his breakaway pace to provide and score goals. Striking a hat-trick in a play-off final in front of 90,000 supporters proves he loves the big occasion, which will be key to Celtic’s European adventure.
The move represents another big coup for the Champions, following in reuniting with teammate at the Etihad Kolo Toure. Sinclair will play with Patrick Roberts, Moussa Dembele and Griffiths in an exciting front four that will undoubtedly lead the Hoops to a sixth league title in a row.
The past shows that Sinclair performs under Rodgers’ leadership, the two will be hoping that history repeats itself at their new club. And it’s certainly got off to a perfect start.