Stiliyan Petrov comments on Twitter on Sinclair's Celtic impact

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

Scott Sinclair left Aston Villa for Celtic and made an instant impact.

Scott Sinclair made an instant impact for Celtic as he helped them to an opening weekend win over Hearts.

The attacker had sealed his transfer to the Scottish champions just 24 hours earlier, and was named on the bench by manager Brendan Rodgers for Sunday's fixture.

Aston Villa's Scott SinclairAston Villa's Scott Sinclair

After a miserable season at Aston Villa, the bright start to his Celtic career was just what Sinclair needed.

The goal brought a smile to the face of Stiliyan Petrov, a player who featured for both teams.

Petrov played for Celtic for seven years before joining Aston Villa in 2011, before his career was cut short due to leukaemia.

Now 37, former Bulgaria international Petrov was training alongside Sinclair just last month as he attempted an unlikely comeback into the professional game.

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston VillaStiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

He was evidently delighted for his pal to see him get off to a strong start, especially for a team he has so much affection for.

Sinclair is back under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, who helped him make his name at Swansea, and the goal against Hearts is likely to be the first of many for the former Manchester City winger.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses after the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses after the press conference

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