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Preston North End manager Alex Neil is keen to add to his squad ahead of the kick-off of the new Championship season, with Celtic winger Scott Sinclair a loan target, according to a report in The Scottish Sun.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City player has been at Celtic Park since August 2016 and has scored 40 goals in 103 appearances over three seasons at the club.
Alex Neil’s side are seemingly looking for a replacement for Callum Robinson who departed Deepdale for Sheffield United this summer, and Sinclair could be the man that they go for.
So would Sinclair be a good addition at Deepdale?
“Absolutely – this would be a great addition for Preston to make at this stage of the summer.
“Another option out wide feels like a necessity for the Lilywhites and someone of Sinclair’s ilk would be a coup.
“The Celtic man has so much experience that would benefit Alex Neil’s side, whilst his record in both England and Scotland impresses me.
“It might’ve been a tough couple of years for him, but a move back to England could really kick-start the next few seasons for the winger.
“For Preston, it’d be a signing that got the Championship taking notice.”
“This’d be a seriously good signing for Alex Neil and his side.
“After the departure of Callum Robinson, there is a noticeable attacking void in the North End side which will need filling if they are going to push for the play-offs again.
“Sinclair would do that perfectly. He has experience in the Championship before as well as with a club of Celtic’s stature.
“If they can get the deal done before the deadline I think their top-six chances will take a serious boost.”
“I think they need to make a statement of intent after losing Callum Robinson and Sinclair would be that in a nutshell.
“He may be much older than Robinson, but he is a player that has been there and done it in both the Premier League and the Championship.
“He may be looking to prove a point and show that he can do in England, and he would definitely be their talisman if he signed for Preston.
“His wages might prove to be a bit of a stumbling block, but his pace and quality could help Preston reach a top-six spot next season.”