In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that had many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
When Scott Sinclair arrived at Celtic in 2016, he became the club’s most expensive winger ever, costing them £3.69 million, per Transfermarkt. It was hard to predict how his career would go in Scotland, as he was highly rated whilst playing in England, but only managed to succeed at Swansea City, scoring 36 goals in 91 appearances before failed moves to Manchester City and Aston Villa.
When he joined, the club were dominating the league, as they had won the title five times in a row before his arrival. However they had not managed to be this dominant in the domestic cups, as they had only won two in the five seasons that they had won the title, per Transfermarkt.
Sinclair went on to play 167 times for the Hoops, scoring 62 goals and picking up 34 assists, whilst also winning three league titles and six domestic cups, as well as being named Player of the Year in the 2016/17 season.
He clearly had a great impact on the squad as from the season he arrived, the Hoops won the domestic treble three years in a row, and were even invincible in the 2016/17 campaign, (the first season he was at the club).
The Englishman enjoyed his most successful seasons at the Celts and was a fan favourite who is still adored by the Scottish fan base, indeed many were gutted when he joined Preston North End in January.
To leave such a mark on the club so huge is not easy to do, but Sinclair certainly managed it. His regular goal contributions were pivotal in helping the Bhoys become dominant in Scotland, not just in terms of the Premiership but also in cup competition too.
His arrival certainly shook the club and he will definitely be remembered for many years to come.
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