Scott Sinclair shares what Stiliyan Petrov told him before signing for Celtic

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

Scott Sinclair received advice from Stiliyan Petrov before joining Celtic.

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

Celtic's new signing Scott Sinclair has told BBC Sport that he spoke to Stiliyan Petrov before making his move to Glasgow on Sunday morning.

Sinclair, 27, was the subject of a long-running transfer saga as Celtic desperately tried to sign him for weeks, with manager Brendan Rodgers unsurprisingly driving the interest.

Aston Villa's Scott SinclairScott Sinclair

Rodgers and Sinclair worked together in the youth ranks at Chelsea, before Rodgers took the wide man to Swansea with him in the summer of 2012.

With 35 goals in 90 games for the Swans, Sinclair showed that he can play his best football under Rodgers, and after disappointing spells with Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, Sinclair has now reunited with his former manager.

Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair in action with Wycombe Wanderers' Jason McCarthyScott Sinclair in action with Wycombe Wanderers' Jason McCarthy

Sinclair put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal on Sunday morning, and by Sunday afternoon he was already a new Bhoys hero as he scored the winning goal in Celtic's 2-1 victory over Hearts.

Sinclair will now be looking to enjoy sustained success at Celtic, and he's admitted speaking to a former Bhoys star before making his big move to Glasgow.

Stiliyan Petrov made his name with Celtic before moving on to Aston Villa, and after successfully beating leukaemia, the Bulgarian midfielder returned to training with Villa this pre-season, featuring alongside Sinclair.

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston VillaStiliyan Petrov in action for Aston Villa

Now, Sinclair has told BBC Sport that he asked Petrov about Celtic, and he told him about the famed Celtic Park atmosphere, and suggested that joining the Bhoys would help him get his career back on track.

"[Petrov] told me about the atmosphere and the fans. He thought it would be great for me, to get my football back on track," said Sinclair. "You saw it when I came on and sprinted from my half to get onto the ball. That's what I want to bring, the excitement back for playing," he added.

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